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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 102576
Last updated: 13 March 2020
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Type:Silhouette image of generic p36 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Curtiss P-36C Hawk
Owner/operator:1st PSqn USAAC
Registration: 38-203
C/n / msn:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:near Huntsville, Alabama -   United States of America
Phase: Unknown
Departure airport:
Destination airport:
On 27 December 1939, Lt James Alva Howard of 1st Pursuit Squadron, USAAC, was killed when his P-36C 38-203 crashed against a hill near Huntsville. Overcast skies reduced the ceiling to about 200 feet at the time and the weather was considered to be the main reason of the crash. Howard was born on 18 February 1915 and was survived by his widow. His aircraft was totally destroyed.

Helena Independent, 28 December 1939 (available online at
Ada Weekly News, 28 December 1939 (available online at,_Alabama

Revision history:

31-Dec-2018 08:43 Laurent Rizzotti Updated [Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Location, Nature, Source, Narrative]
31-Dec-2018 08:44 Laurent Rizzotti Updated [Narrative]
13-Mar-2020 18:36 DB Updated [Operator, Nature, Operator]

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