|Birth: ||Apr. 13, 1905|
West Virginia, USA
|Death: ||Jul. 10, 1921|
West Virginia, USA
16 years old, a school boy, the son of David L. Pettit and Martha E. Thomas who were married in 1893 in Marshall Co., WV.
On July 10, 1921, spectators came out to Langin Field in Moundsville, WV to witness a brief stop over for a military plane that was traveling from San Antonio, Texas to Washington, D.C. The plane was a Martin Bomber that had a wingspan of 76 feet, a length of 44 feet and two Liberty 450 horsepower engines. The value of the plane was estimated at about $80,000.
The plane landed at Langin Field, a small airfield in Moundsville, WV, next to the Ohio River. It was used between 1921 and 1932 as a midway refueling point between Dayton and Washington, D.C.
After the stopover, at approximately 2:15 p.m., the plane was attempting to take off to head to Langley Field in Virginia. Some sort of trouble developed and the plane crashed, spraying burning fuel over witnesses and automobiles. The crash killed five spectators and injured several others who were treated at the local hospital for burns and lacerations.
The two pilots, Lt. C. R. MacIver and Lt. T. H. Dunton, both of Texas, received burns to their hands and faces. Carl Miller, coach at Bethany College, and Sergeant Roy Dooley rescued the pilots, pulling them to safety. The pilots were then in turn credited with rescuing several of the spectators.
Those killed were Mrs. George W. Long (Martha Long), 50 years, a housewife, who lived in Moundsville; Mr. Fred C. Edge, 48 years, who lived in Round Bottom; Carl Pettit, 16 years, a school boy, the son of Mr. and Mrs. David Pettit who lived in Moundsville; Ralph C. Hartzell, 11 years, a school boy, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Hartzell who lived in Moundsville and Leo Moraski, 9 years, a school boy who also lived in Moundsville.
The plane, as well as fifteen automobiles, were destroyed. The Wheeling Register (a newspaper) called the accident one of the worst in American aviation history.
Carl Vernon Miller: Carl suffered burns to his arms and face.
John Melvin McBroom: John suffered burns to his face and hands.
William Morton Kittle: William suffered burns to his face and hands.
Jasper Harding: Jasper suffered unknown injuries. He was laid out in the field between the wreck and the hangar and later taken to the hospital.
Mrs. Marion Keyser: Viola McIntire Keyser suffered bruises.
Carey Nation: Carey suffered injuries to his right leg.
Elizabeth McDonald: Elizabeth suffered bruising to her arms and to the left side of her head. She later married Paul Raymond Ruble in 1926.
Walter McAdam: Walter suffered a burn on his face.
Lenord Darrah: Lenord suffered a fractured skull.
Mrs. Stacy Stephens: Martha Ellen Ashby Stephens and her daughter, Elsie, suffered burns and bruises.
Miss Mary Rulong: Mary, the daughter of F. Frank Rulong and Josephine Ellen Wood, received bruises and burns to her right leg.
Stanley Patrick: Stanley suffered a fractured skull.
Mrs. George Mertz: Ellen Malia Mertz suffered a collar bone injury.
R. Elmer Roberts suffered burns to his arms and face.
Frank R. Taylor suffered burns to his hands and face.
Leo Hill, 17 years, suffered burns on both arms.
Frank Zelnik suffered burns to his arms.
William Rohr suffered a cut on his head.
C.W. Caldabaugh: Chester William Caldabaugh suffered a burn on his neck and arms.
Elmer Fogel, 6 years, was badly burned on his hands, feet and face.
David L Pettit (1868 - 1938)
Martha E Pettit (1870 - 1938)
Halcyon Hills Memorial Park
West Virginia, USA
Created by: kellybean
Record added: Nov 07, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 80006083