Erie, PA Aeroplane Crash, Aug 1915


Fall of 300 Feet in Machine Causes Death---Had Been Warned Not to Fly

Special to The Inquirer.

ERIE, Pa., Aug. 17.---Donald Gregory, aviator on the Essex, of the United States Naval Militia fleet of the great Lakes, of 300 feet today. He died in St. Vincent's Hospital two hours later.

The young man was an aviator on the Essex, from Toledo, one of the ships of the militia fleet of seven now in Erie harbor. He made the flight in a machine owned by Lieutenant Corbin, of the Essex, and was to have flown over the ships in the harbor. He started from an aviation field in the southern part of the city. The wind was very bad and officers of the fleet tried to keep him from flying, but he did not want to disappoint his shipmates and the hundreds of spectators who had gathered.

He got away after considerable difficulty. The machine turned once and nearly struck the ground. Then it started up again and had gained a height of 300 feet when suddenly it crashed to the ground, the young aviator falling beneath the wreckage. Gregory was 24 years of age. His home was in Ann Arbor, Mich.

The Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia, PA 18 Aug 1915