On This Day in Aviation History

On This Day in Aviation History

1908 – Birth of Charles “Chuck” L. Sharp, Jr., who led CNAC (China National Aviation Corp.) through turbulent times in China, Burma and India.

1924 – First flight of the Stout 2-AT “Pullman” (shown), an American single-engine, all-metal monoplane designed to haul passengers and cargo.

1941 – German Junkers Ju 87 Stuka dive bombers sink the Greek battleships Kilkis and Lemnos off Salamis Island, Greece, during the German invasion of Greece.

1942 – The Baedeker Blitz, a German bombing raid that strikes fives English cities in retaliation for the British raid on Lübeck, takes place.

1959 – An Air Charter Ltd. Avro Super Trader IV, carrying twelve men and top-secret equipment for Australia’s Woomera rocket range, crashes in strong winds on Mount Süphan in eastern Turkey, killing all 12.

1983 – Death of Duerson “Dewey” Knight, American World War I flying ace.


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