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Old 19th January 2017, 14:12
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June 3, 1929 Death of Ensign Henry Purviance Gow Jr

On June 3, 1929 Ensign Henry Purviance Gow Jr from "Seattle" (but actually Born 1906 in Iowa) was killed but his mechanic, seaman Harold George Neumann (January 13, 1909 to November 02, 1965), escaped death by jumping with a parachute, when a navy plane from North Island crashed near Nestor, California.

It was reported said the plane crashed as a result of a broken wing.

Gow was previously with VO—3B, USS Pennsylvania but she was being modernised at the time

Can anyone please identify the aircraft involved and provide the correct rank for Neumann ?

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Old 19th January 2017, 19:17
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Re: June 3, 1929 Death of Ensign Henry Purviance Gow Jr

The aircraft was O2U-2, A8115, of VS2B. Neumann was a Seaman second class. Incidentally, Neumann didn't jump; rather he was flung out at 8000' when the pilot pushed the stick forward while in a dive.
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Re: June 3, 1929 Death of Ensign Henry Purviance Gow Jr

George thanks for the aircraft information and the fact Neumann was thrown out
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