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Old 4th November 2016, 16:14
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First USMC USA Parachute Incident Aircraft ?

Date: April 6, 1925
Pilot Gunner-Sergt. Clarence Virgil Mix
Unit USMC
Service No: AP 1924
Location Quantico, V
Incident:

Parachuted due to collision with Quartermaster Sgt Archie Paschal (who landed OK)

http://www.thepilot.com/news/the-run...461234c94.html

"There were some brushes with danger during Paschal's tour. Flying in formation over Quantico, his wing brushed the tail of another plane after they performed some stunts. The upper wing of his biplane was nearly torn off. The other plane nosedived to earth, its pilot parachuting safely.


Observers watched in horror as Paschal's plane approached the flying field in a series of dangerous curves and leaning at a dangerous angle. A cheer broke out when he righted his machine and brought it to Earth in a perfect arc."

Can anyone identify Mix and Paschal aircraft involved?

Paschal was killed piloting a Pan American Airways Douglas DC-2-118B (NC14273) which crashed in Guatemala 10th October 1936

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Paul McMillan

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Old 4th November 2016, 18:42
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Re: First USMC USA Parachute Incident Aircraft ?

Paul,

No answer (yet), but Sgt. Clarence V. Mix was killed just over a year later (14 Apr 1926) when the De Havilland bomber (DH-9) the flew in as a mechanic crashed on its way to Langley Field, Va.
His parachute had got entangled in the landing gear, a newspaper report says.

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Old 4th November 2016, 19:47
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Re: First USMC USA Parachute Incident Aircraft ?

Leendert

I am now away from my files but I think that report is in error on Mix (I have a note * along lines as "not killed"

Will check monday

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Old 4th November 2016, 20:54
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Re: First USMC USA Parachute Incident Aircraft ?

In the 06Apr25 accident Quartermaster Sergeant Mix was flying VE-7 A-5961, Paschal VE-7 A-5965. Mix was held responsible and it was recommended that he be no longer allowed to serve as a pilot.

Turning to 14Apr26, Master Technical Sergeant Mix was flying as a passenger in a DH-4B-1, A6399, that appears to have become lost in bad weather. Both occupants took to their parachutes, but Mix's snagged on the tail and he crashed with the aircraft. The pilot, First Sergeant N.W. Abbott, was also killed when his 'chute failed to open fully.
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Old 4th November 2016, 23:53
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Re: First USMC USA Parachute Incident Aircraft ?

George

Many Thanks for that looks like I need to double check my Clarence V mix info!


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Old 5th November 2016, 00:26
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Re: First USMC USA Parachute Incident Aircraft ?

Now that clarified I have the right Mix


He was Clarence Virgil Mix
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Old 5th November 2016, 12:55
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Re: First USMC USA Parachute Incident Aircraft ?

First Sgt NW Abbott was Neil Wilford Abbott

Birth:
Feb. 8, 1901
Cattaraugus County
New York, USA
Death:
Apr. 14, 1926
Cumnor
King and Queen County
Virginia, USA

Designated a Naval Aviation Pilot (NAP) as well as a Naval Aviator (#3104) in 1923,


I have the rest of the crew of the DC2 which I will post Monday

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Old 7th November 2016, 10:00
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Re: First USMC USA Parachute Incident Aircraft ?

The three crew of the DC-2 NC14273 killed in Guatemala on 10 October 1936
were:

Captain Archie Paschal, 45, senior pilot
Thomas Ivy Neyman, 23, radio operator
Albert Luther Palmer, 26, co-pilot
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Re: First USMC USA Parachute Incident Aircraft ?

Clarence Virgil Mix Born Van Wert County, Ohio, USA 1895 Died 14th April 1926 buried
Arlington National Cemetery
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