M.31 First Officer  Francis Dean Carragher 

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 b. 19 Feb 1915, Greenville, Texas 8 Oct 1940 to 1 Feb 1941 

 ata francis carragher College photo

  

1939, when a student pilot at Randolph Field, TX

   

 

Father: Sidney Francis Carragher, (Step-father Milton M Cranston), Mother: Amy Carragher Cranston, of 100 Elmgrove Ave, Providence, RI

Five sisters, one brother

Ed. Rhode Island State College (BSc, 1936). President of the 'Phi Delta' student dramatic association:

 with thanks to George Cogswell

 

 

prev. Flying Instructor at Glendale Airport; 2nd Lieut. US Air Corps 1938-40

prev. exp. 645 hrs on Stearman PT15, Yale, Pursuit P.12, Harvard, B.18, A.17, O.46, BT.14, P.12

Address in 1940: 2920 Ocean Drive, Manhattan Reach, CA

"Mr. Carragher appears to be a man of considerable experience, consequently his handling of twin engine equipment is good" - Flight Test Report in Toronto, Oct 1940


Postings: Ringway

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d. 1 Feb 1941 (Died in ATA Service) - while performing unauthorised aerobatics at Ringway airport in Mohawk AR664 - engine failure led to a stall and spin into the ground.

"On February 1st at about 5 p.m. I saw the Mohawk AR664 which Carragher was flying dive down to about 500 ft. and then climb vertical to about 1000 ft. then turn on its back. Just as the machine was almost flat on its back the engine ceased to fire, the machine fell off the loop, came out of the dive right side up and commenced to glide towards the aerodrome, the machine looked to travel about a mile in a glide then did one turn and a half of a spin and went down behind the trees. The flaps and wheels were not lowered." - Joseph Shoesmith, fellow ATA pilot, who was also ferrying a Mohawk from Squires Gate and had landed first.

buried Central Cemetery, Manchester; "His Worship the Mayor of Altrincham, who knew the deceased personally during his posting at Ringway and held a very high opinion of him, attended the funeral."

Some of the cheques written by Francis, found in his personnel file

 

He was the first American pilot to lose his life in ATA service.

 "My own impression, borne out by reports from all quarters, indicated that whereas we may have a number of other pilots as good, and some possibly better than the late Francis Dean Carragher, there was no one of any nationality in this organisation of higher principles and greater all round merit." - F D 'Brad' Bradbrooke, ATA Chief Ferry Officer at the time, who died in ATA Service 6 months later

 


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