Newport Field Memories
CASU-29 was sending maintenance people to Newport Field almost on a daily
basis toward the end of the war in support of flight training for Air
Group 97. They were teaching Avenger pilots to perform a glide bombing
attack profile, or trying to anyway. Maybe it was too close to dive
bombing and the TBM was not suitable for that. An F6F from VF-97 was also
lost in that summer of 1945 due to engine failure. The pilot bailed out
safely, and the airplane glided into a pasture and burned.
Signed William Y. Sayers
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