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    30 Jan 1942 41-8136 Stearman PT-17 Aero School Tuscaloosa, Ala

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    Mr Edwin 'Carl' Knauer (killed)
    Corporal Jack Leslie Ford RAF (OK) - Not killed as stated in Clipped Wings Vol 2

    Newspaper Report
    The Courier-Journal from Louisville, Kentucky on February 1, 1942
    Former Caddy Dies After Crash Of Training Plane E. Carl Knauer, 24, former du Pont Manual High School basketball star,
    and later a resident of Bowling Green, died early Saturday at Tuscaloosa, Ala., from injuries received
    Friday when a training plane crashed near Brookwood, Ala. An R.A.F. cadet, Jack Leslie Ford, 23, who was in the plane with Knauer, a civilian instructor of the Alabama Institute of Aeronautics at Tuscaloosa, was injured but his condition was not regarded as serious. Knauer became interested in flying while working as a caddy at the Seneca Park golf course, which is near Bowman Field. He find his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Edwin Knauer,
    moved to Bowling Green five years ago, and the youth took up flying eighteen months ago.

    https://www.aviationarchaeology.com/...ly/Jan1942.htm
    420130 PT-17 41-8136 ACTD ACTD, Tuscaloosa, AL KSSPCR 5 Knauer, E Carl USA AL Brookwood, A

    Corp Jack Leslie Ford,Maybe: Jack Leslie Ford #658649 1939 Royal Air Force

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    Thank you Paul,
    Your report has enabled me to add the RAF student's name to my notes.
    The RAF accident card states "Killed - 1 Non RAF" and "Injured - 1".
    It names only "Knauer E.G., MR." - there is no further mention of his RAF student and the accident description is as follows...
    "A/c spun into ground from 2,000 ft.
    U.S. Report on accident states :- Pilot spun too low, recovered, to avoid diving into ground, pulled back on stick - high speed stall - PRANG!
    Pilot 100% blame."

    Tony Broadhurst

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