THREE FLIERS KILLED
IN CABIN PLANE CRASH
Pa. (UPI) --- Three Washington (Pa.) fliers were killed, last night
when their four-seater, Stinson cabin plane crashed into a hillside
and burned before Hundreds of persons at Washington airport.
The. dead were Richard Spencer, 31,: part-time instructor for the Tri-State
Aviation school at Washington; LeRoy Corns 24, a student pilot,
an Harland Robinson 28:
All three were pinned inside the light craft. They were burned beyond
recognition by the time Washington firemen; reached the scene, about
three miles from here.
C R. Breese, airport manager, saw the plane crash. He said it appeared that
Spencer; who was piloting the craft, was blinded by the sun as he
came down for a landing. The plane hit the runway and bounced
Breese said Spencer started up again for another approach, but apparently
pulled too sharply. The plane stalled, went into a spin and crashed
into the hill.
More than 209 persons, visiting the airport at, the time, witnessed
Record for Richard L. Spencer. Richard's remains were buried in
Section T, Lot 71, Grave 1 Washington Cemetery, (Washington
county), Washington, PA.
Nyma Mcvehil in Washington, Pennsylvania on 9 August 1938.
He registered for
the draft at the State Armory in Washington, PA on 16 October
1940 and was inducted into the Army on 3 October 1942.
On 21 October
1942, Pvt Spencer was transferred from the Reception Center,
Fort George G. Meade, MD to Company C, 508th PIR.
T/5 Spencer was
taken prisoner on 6 June 1944 and liberated from Stalag 3C after
the war ended.