Post by rickdaniels on Aug 25, 2006 10:01:51 GMT -6
The oldest entry in the Chinook category is a crash that occurred on March 19, 1965 near Hartford, Alabama. My dad was killed in that crash. I would appreciate hearing from anyone who has any information about the incident, or suggestions about how to obtain more info. Thanks in advance for taking the time.
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Post by Gregory J Barker on Nov 27, 2012 23:50:16 GMT -6
In the book Flying Army: the Modern Air Arm of the US Army (Doulbleday, 1971) (which book was dedicated inter alia to the memory of Richard I. Daniels), W. E. Butterworth wrote:
One sunny Alabama afternoon, Mrs Jane Crawford came to my door in Ozark, Alabama, to tell me that she had just heard over the radio that a Chinook had gone down, and all aboard had been killed. Lieutenant Colonel Chester Crawford was at that time a test pilot flying the Chinook, and she feared the worst. . . .
I called the pilot's lounge and another Chinook test pilot answered the phone. . . .
“Mac, Jane's with me,” I said. “Was that Chet?”
. . .
“It wasn’t Chet,” he said. “It was Dick Daniel.” He added: “The tail rotor came off; they were at 1,500 feet. There’s not much left.”
I hung up and told Jane that her husband was all right. Then, because I could not find my voice, I pointed at my neighbor’s house where my four-year-old was playing with the three-year-old namesake of Richard I. Daniel.
Mrs Crawford and I were paying a casual social call on twenty-year-old Martha Daniel when the official notification team arrived from Fort Rucker to tell her that her husband had, together with a Canadian Army pilot on duty with the US Army and a sergeant crew chief, crashed to his death.
The other pilot was Lt. John William Shaw, aged 25, a Royal Canadian Army Service Corps pilot who was serving on exchange with the US Army Aviation Test Board at Fort Rucker. I’m not certain of the identity of the crew chief.