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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 120095
Last updated: 20 January 2017
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Date:02-JAN-1944
Time:1635
Type:Vultee BT-13A Valiant
Owner/operator:741th BFTS, USAAF
Registration: 41-11061
C/n / msn:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Airplane damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:15 Mi NE Gardner Field, Kern County, California -   United States of America
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Nature:Training
Departure airport:
Destination airport:
Narrative:
In the afternoon of 2 January 1944 Aviation Cadet Ezra Thomas Oglesbee, born on 4 December 1917 in Marion County, Mississippi, took off from Gardner Field, 9 miles southeast of Taft, California, for a routine training flight with the BT-13A 41-11061 of 741th BFTS.

The student had had Christmas dinner and New Year‘s Day dinner at the farm of Salvatore Garzelli, about 15 miles northeast of Gardner Field and stated to the host that he might fly over the house the next day. During his afternoon flight he made three passes at the farm house at an altitude of approximately 50 feet, low enough to enable the witnesses to recognize him.

Upon completing his third pass at the house, Oglesbee proceeded in a north-westerly direction, climbing slightly. He then attempted to execute some aerobatic maneuver, probably a slow roll. Wgile inverted and still climbing slightly, the engine cut out and the nose started dropping. The pilot was able toi roll the airplane from the inverted position but was apparently unable to get the nose up. The airplane stalled and struck the ground at 1635 hrs in a near vertical attitude, bursting into flames a few seconds later and killing the pilot.

Sources:

"Fatal Army Air Forces Aviation Accidents in the United States, 1941-1945. Volume 2, July 1943-July 1944", by Anthony J. Mireles. ISBN 0-7864-2789-2
http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/AARmonthly/Jan1944S.htm
http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=13818671
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gardner_Army_Airfield
http://wikimapia.org/#lang=fr&lat=35.105833&lon=-119.305833&z=12&m=w (map of Gardner Field)


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
04-Jan-2017 14:02 Laurent Rizzotti Updated [Time, Operator, Total occupants, Total fatalities, Location, Phase, Nature, Source, Narrative]

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