Oscar Westover Special Collection Photo Northrop A-17AS, 36-349, crash scene

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Catalog #: 09_02219
Title: Oscar Westover Special Collection Photo Northrop A-17AS, 36-349, crash scene
Date: 21-Sep-38
Additional Information: Northrop A-17AS, 36-349, crash scene, Maj. Gen. Oscar Westover killed in accident, 21Sep38 at 1007 Scott Road in Burbank, CA
Tags: Oscar Westover Special Collection Photo Northrop A-17AS, 36-349, crash scene, 14144
Repository: San Diego Air and Space Museum Archive


Owner: San Diego Air & Space Museum Archives
Source: Flickr Commons
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    Konabish ~ Greg Bishop

    • 04/Apr/2013 04:24:09

    Westover died, aged 55, in a plane crash on September 21, 1938. The Northrop A-17AS he flew, a single-engined attack aircraft used as a high-speed staff transport, had a reputation for stalling, and only a month before, Col. William McChord had been killed in the crash of one. Westover's aircraft, AC serial 36-349, experienced a high-speed stall and crashed in a crosswind short of the runway at Lockheed Aircraft's air field in Burbank, California, now known as Bob Hope Airport. No one on the ground was killed, but his crew chief S/Sgt Samuel Hymes also died. Oscar Westover is buried in Arlington National Cemetery. Westover Joint Air Reserve Base in Chicopee, Massachusetts, formerly the headquarters of the Eighth Air Force, and now the largest reserve base in the Air Force as home to the 439th Airlift Wing, is named in his honor. wiki info