Wauseon, OH Private Plane Crash, Jul 1947


Toledo (AP) - A man and a woman were killed instantly at 9:30 a.m. today in a crash of an airplane on the P. J. Goldsmith farm, a mile and a half northwest of Wauseon, O., in Fulton County, after what witnesses described as a mid-air collision with an army plane.

Dr. H. M. Warner, Fulton County coroner, said the victims were WALTER W. HYDE, JR., 23, (204 Herrick Avenue), and JOANNE BROUSE, (317 Herrick Avenue) both of Wellington, O. Relatives in Wellington said they had left to fly to Michigan lakes for the weekend.
Dr. Warner said eight residents of nearby farms witnessed the crash of the Aeronca plane, which went into a spin 1,500 to 2,000 feet above ground.
They said the spin followed either a collision or near collision with what was described as a P-61 Black Widow night fighter, Dr. Warner said.
Dr. Warner said witnesses told him the plane bore army markings.
The army plane circled the scene twice and also flew over Wauseon before disappearing, the coroner said.
The civilian plane was flying west and the army plane was headed north, the coroner said. Four witnesses south of the scene told the coroner the two planes appeared to come together, the army plane catching the wing tip of the yellow civilian plane. One man said he heard a report like a pistol shot at the time.

Evening Independent Massillon Ohio 1947-07-18