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Memorandum for Admiral King
June 20, 1945 [Washington, D.C.]
SUBJECT: Accidents Resulting from Careless Flying.
I have your memorandum of 15 June1 and I deeply regret a careless Army pilot has caused the death of four and seriously injured fourteen others, as well as damaged the U.S.S. Randolph.
Investigation reveals this plane was being ferried from Clark Field, Luzon, to Dulag, Leyte, on a routine non-tactical flight. The dangerous maneuvers in which the pilot was indulging were in direct violation of Army Regulations as well as the principles of flying safety. General Kenney has ordered that aircraft will not approach surface craft in a suspicious manner and will not indulge in stunting, low or dangerous flying in the proximity of ships or harbors unless required to do so by tactical necessity. Subordinate commands are being required to report when all pilots of their command have been informed and understand these instructions. I believe these measures will prevent recurrences of this kind in the future.
We have tried and dismissed from the service a number of pilots found guilty of violating flying safety regulations. In this particular case the pilot was killed.
Document Copy Text Source: George C. Marshall Papers, Pentagon Office Collection, Selected Materials, George C. Marshall Research Library, Lexington, Virginia.
Document Format: Typed memorandum.
1. King had written that on June 7 a P-38 had crashed into the flight deck of the aircraft carrier Randolph at anchor in Leyte Harbor, Philippines, resulting in structural damage, a serious fire, ten planes destroyed, four men known dead, fourteen seriously injured, and an undetermined number missing. The plane was “one of several engaged in zooming ships in a dangerous manner.” (King Memorandum for the Chief of Staff, United States Army, June 15, 1945, NA/RG 165 [OCS, 569.14].)
Recommended Citation: ThePapers of George Catlett Marshall, ed.Larry I. Bland and Sharon Ritenour Stevens(Lexington, Va.: The George C. Marshall Foundation, 1981- ). Electronic version based on The Papers of George Catlett Marshall, vol. 5, “The Finest Soldier,” January 1, 1945-January 7, 1947 (Baltimore and London: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2003), p. 234.