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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 106316
Last updated: 28 April 2019
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Date:01-JAN-1943
Time:09:30
Type:Silhouette image of generic FA62 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Fairchild PT-19A
Owner/operator:68th Flying Training Detachment, USAAF
Registration: 42-33878
C/n / msn:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:eight miles northwest of Jackson, Tennessee -   United States of America
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Nature:Training
Departure airport:Jackson, Tennessee
Destination airport:
Narrative:
On 1 January 1943 Air Cadet Robert Charles Swope, an USAAF student pilot, took off from Jackson air field, Tennessee, base of the 68th Flying Training Detachment, 29th Flying Training Wing, USAAF, for an authorized spin practic flight aboard the PT-19A 42-33878. At 0930 hrs he was unable to recover from an intentional spin entered at an altitude of 3,500 feet adn crashed into the ground eight miles northwest of Jackson. Witnesses on the ground stated that the airplane spin in one direction all the way to the ground.

20-year old Swope was killed in the crash. He had enlisted in the Army Air Corps in June 1942 and held at the time a civilian pilot license. He was born on 21 September 1922 in Huntingdon.

Sources:

"Fatal Army Air Forces Aviation Accidents in the United States, 1941-1945. Volume 1, January 1941-June 1943", by Anthony J. Mireles. ISBN 0-7864-2788-4
Altoona Mirror, 2 January 1943 (available online at https://newspaperarchive.com/altoona-mirror-jan-02-1943-p-1/)
http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/AARmonthly/Jan1943S.htm
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/McKellar%E2%80%93Sipes_Regional_Airport
http://wikimapia.org/#lang=en&lat=35.614444&lon=-88.813889&z=12&m=w


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
23-Nov-2018 11:48 Laurent Rizzotti Updated [Time, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Location, Phase, Nature, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
23-Nov-2018 11:49 Laurent Rizzotti Updated [Operator]

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