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Old 8th November 2016, 09:47
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US Navy incident Quincy, Mass March 24, 1928

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On Caterpillar list for March 1928 (dates stated in list are not correct) is an incident at Quincy, Massachusetts in which Lieuts. Walter Copping Greene (Born 1898 Died 1977) and Samuel Greene Colwell (Jun 11 1895 to May 31st 1968 later Captain USN) both USN Reserve had to bale out of a Wright-Whirlwind Engined - Consolidated NY derivative (NY-1/NY-2). The book Jump (Donald Glassman 1930) says 'NV2' so probably NY-2. Newspaper reports confirm date as March 24, 1928

Green was pilot in control and Executives Oficer of the NRAB (Naval Reserve Air Base) Squantum, MA

The plane went out of control and they both bailed out Cowell at around 4,000 feet and Green at 1,000 feet. Apparently they both landed on dry land (but some accounts say they, landed in the bay). Green landed at Newbury avenue and Botolph street, and I think the confusion is the fact that Cowell was blown out into the bay originally but then back to land

The aircraft landed on a roof of a house

I would like confirmation please of the aircraft involved if possible (serial and type)

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Paul
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Old 8th November 2016, 15:47
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Re: US Navy incident Quincy, Mass March 24, 1928

The aircraft was a Consolidated NY-2 (L), serial A-7456, of the Naval Aviation Reserve Unit, Squantum. Presumably the 'L' denotes the wheeled version of the NY. Mechanical failure resulted in loss of aileron control and the crew was forced to bail out.

Colwell, who was up for a familiarisation flight, suffered from exposure and immersion so presumably he did land in the water.
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Old 8th November 2016, 16:07
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Re: US Navy incident Quincy, Mass March 24, 1928

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