Tennessee, BANNER, 22 September 1945, page 1
Flight Blamed for Miami Crash; Two Killed
Fla., Sept. 22 - (UP) Capt. D. L. Day, commanding officer
of the Melbourne, Fla. Naval Air Base, today blamed an unidentified
formation that swung into the path of a five-ship flight
from Melbourne for the crash last night of two Nay fighter
issued a statement today after interrogating the flight
leader of the ill-fated formation. He did not reveal the
name of the flight commander.
said the formation was on a routine flight from Melbourne
to Miami. It was scheduled to return via Civil Airways.
As it approached the end of its south-bound journey, another
formation of night-flying aircraft swung into its path.
flight leader is quoted as saying that he ordered his formation
to break up and rendezvous over Biscayne Bay. It was during
the breaking up procedure, Day said, that two of the F6F3's
locked wings, dived a half-turn, and crashed into a business
section of the city, killing both pilots.
said the flight leader had called for the breakup because
he was not familiar with the Miami area, and the glare from
city lights might hinder the pilot's vision.
set the loss of two planes at approximately $62,000 each.
of the two victims were known, but not revealed pending
notification of next of kin, Day said.
city officials estimated the loss of a civilian business
and a Navy operation warehouse at approximately $75,000.