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Aerial Tragedy: 1938

Aerial Tragedy: 1938

Nov. 9, 1938. Washington, D.C. "Two killed in Army plane crash. Two U.S. Army fliers -- Lieut. Col. Leslie MacDill, General Staff Corps Officer, and Private Joseph G. Gloxner, were burned to death today in the worst aerial tragedy in the history of the Capital when their plane crashed in the street in Anacostia, a short distance from Bolling Field. Three automobiles were wrecked in the crash. Col. MacDill was piloting the plane." Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.


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Press !

Check out the gent with hands in pants pocket [lower left] -- member o' the Fourth Estate? I'm pretty sure that's a PRESS card in his hat.

Ever heard of Gloxner AFB?

I didn't think so. I'm a long retired USAF officer, but have always thought this sort of thing to be a slight to the enlisted guys who bought it in aviation accidents. Fortunately, I live in Southern Illinois, and retired at nearby Scott AFB. The only Air Force base named after an enlisted man.

Died but certainly not forgotten

Biography of Colonel Leslie MacDill at the MacDill Air Force Base website.

MacDill AFB is his namesake

MacDill Air Force Base near Tampa, FL was named for Lt. Col. MacDill.

The plane he was piloting was a North American BC-1, the first production version of what would become known as the AT-6 (SNJ to the Navy, Harvard to the British Empire) Texan advanced trainer.

(edit: Sorry, I didn't recall seeing the 2010 post that said exactly what I did.)

In his honor

MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa was named in honor of Leslie MacDill.

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