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New Rochelle, NY Navy Pilot Crashes into Sound, Dec 1940

Navy Officer Killed in Plane Crash in Sound As Wife Looks On; Machinist Believed Dead

NEW ROCHELLE, N. Y., Dec. 15
— While flying over Long Island
Sound this afternoon, in view of
the wife and father-in-law of the
pilot, a Navy training plane crashed
into the water, killing Lieutenant
James Stanley Tyler and probably
a passenger, Pasquale Siclari, a
naval machinist, of 5703 Avenue M,
Brooklyn.
The body of Lieutenant Tyler,
who was 28 years old, was recovered
immediately, but it was believed
that the machinist's body
was pinned in the wreckage at the
bottom of the Sound. A tug from
the Navy Yard at Brooklyn was on
its way here tonight to raise the
plane and search for Siclari's body.
At first it was thought that Lieutenant
Tyler was alone in the machine,
but officials at Floyd Bennett
Field said Siclari was with him
when the plane took off from there.
Lieutenant Tyler, who was stationed
at Floyd Bennett Field, was
the husband of Mrs. Harriett
Frances Davis Tyler, daughter of
Supreme Court Justice Lee Parsons
Davis, with whom the couple made
their home.
The Navy biplane fell into, t he
water at about 4 o'clock after
going into a spin from an altitude
of 150 feet, according to Patrolman
Thomas Fieldhouse and Fireman
William Sullivan, who were cruising
in a New Rochelle police boat
and were 1,000 feet away from the
spot where the plane fell. They
said the motor stalled.
Fieldhouse and Sullivan said the
machine had been stunting and they
had watched it for several minutes
before it made a sudden downward
swoop and then went into the spin.
The police boat retrieved Lieutenant
Tyler's body within three minutes
after the ship disappeared. His unpacked
parachute was floating on
the surface and the body was not
far below it. Except for a few
pieces of canvas and wood, no part
of the plane remained afloat. Fieldhouse
and Sullivan placed a buoy
to mark the place.
The plane fell a quarter of a mile
off Premium Point and a half a
mile from the Davis home at 114
Sutton Manor. Mrs. Tyler and Justice
Davis saw the plane falling but
did not see it crash into the water
because their vision of the water was hidden.

Dec. 16, 1940 edition of "The New York Times"

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