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SaxMan

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I picked up a report from Craig regarding a DH-4 that had a forced landing in Brookeville, MD -- once again a location fairly close to where I live.  

Pilot, Lt. Col. L.N. Drennan was flying from Roosevelt Field to Bolling Field.   He had a stop at Bustleton, PA, where he was serviced with "bad oil" causing the plane's oil consumption to be excessive and having the sump run dry.   Drennan puts the plane down on the farm of Donald Riggs and then proceeds to Bolling by motor vehicle.  

During the salvage process, Drennan notes that the plane is damaged due to the handling of the salvage crew.  The salvage crew, in turn, blamed Drennan for damaging the plane during landing.   Sounded like everyone was passing the buck. 

Drennan does report that even though the DH-4 is now a write off "I have inquired of the Training Section, and am told that you can have all the DH-4s you want, so the loss of this single ship should not cause you any great inconveniences."

The location of this incident was incredibly easy to find.  The Riggs family still owns the farm, and it was one that I have driven by repeatedly and never knew the history.  The odds of finding anything are probably highly remote.  This could be the first aircraft accident in Montgomery County, Maryland's history, so it does have historical significance. 

It will be interesting to find out more about Drennan.  If he was a Lt. Col. in the Air Service in December 1918, I'm placing odds are he saw combat in France.  
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A search of AAIR for both location Brookeville and pilot Drennan came up with nothing.
How did you find the report?
Also what is the date of the accident?
Be sure to look in the barn on the property, you never know. 
I discovered P-47 parts in a barn in Michigan. 
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Misspelling of Brookeville -- no "e" was in the report.   Pilot wasn't listed in the database.   December 8th, 1918 was the accident date. 

I may poke my head in there when the weather gets warmer.  Maybe find a local article, I'm sure this would have been big news, probably the biggest thing to happen in Brookeville since August 26, 1814 when it was the Capital of the United States for one day.   Madison and his entourage fled D.C. from the invading British, running all the way up to Brookeville.  The building he stayed in is still intact. 

Here's a link to Drennan's bio, quite an interesting individual: 

http://apps.westpointaog.org/Memorials/Article/4734/



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interesting bio, unusual for him to join the Air Service as a Major. 
If you want to research further the Aviation Section, Signal Corps, from September 1917 to May 1918 at Kelly Field, Texas has a lot of files available in archives.  
Definitely check the local news for his accident. 
Post WWI there just was not a lot for the aviators to do. I know they did a number of cross country flights, set records etc, but the urge for combat training was over. they thought it was the last war and the military demobilized, leaving behind little active duty.
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Interesting aircraft that De Havilland DH-4,of which 4,346 were built in the US:

https://airandspace.si.edu/collection-objects/de-havilland-dh-4?object=nasm_A191900510004

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