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Last updated: 5 October 2020
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Type:Silhouette image of generic P40 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Curtiss P-40 Warhawk
Owner/operator:33rd PSqn /8th PGp USAAC
Registration: 39-212
C/n / msn:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:near Vineland, New Jersey -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Departure airport:
Destination airport:
In the afternoon of 13 January 1941, Capt Romulus W. Puryear, the commanding officer of 33rd PS, 8th PG, stationed at Mitchel Field, New York, was flying over the Iona Lake, New Jersey, when the engine of his P-40 39-212 took fire in the air. Puryear attempted to land the flaming ship but was forced to bail out at 1500 feet. He landed in a tree and suffered a possible ankle fracture and lacerations. He climbed down from the tree and walked to the Franklinville road. The accident scene was two miles from Franklinville and a motorist, M. O. Whitehead, took him to Newcomb Hospital, Vineland.

The plane crashed in a field near Vineland, and its engine was buried ten feet by the impact. The gas tank exploded and demolished the fuselage after the crash.


The Evening News from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, 14 January 1941 (available online at
The Philadelphia Inquirer from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 14 January 1941 (available online at,_New_Jersey

Revision history:

18-Jan-2018 18:06 Laurent Rizzotti Updated [Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Location, Phase, Nature, Source, Narrative]
16-Jul-2020 15:41 Reno Raines Updated [Operator, Operator]

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