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Dave suggested I post a brief outline in my research

Originally I was going to make a study of all British and Commonwealth parachute incidents worldwide from June 17th 1926 up to April 30th, 1940. I chose this date, as after this things got a bit 'hot' and it would be harder to track - I have heard it quoted at some points during WW2 names were being added at the rate of a 100 a week

Anyway I digress

While studying this I also came across some US info so I expanded my research (initially trying to prove a claim by Charles Durban Shearing a UK pilot based in the US baled out of an aircraft which caught fire over Los Angeles in either late 1929 or early 1930 - I could not find reference /evidence for this

Shearing was amongst those killed in the Meopham Disaster of 21st July 1930 when Junkers F 13 (G-AAZK) crashed


This lead to wonder if any other RFC/RAF Pilots also qualified in the US (a number went to the US after Ww1)  and have found at least one 2nd Lt. Alberto Honore "Santy" Santa Maria on January 11, 1931 near Delaware River, Philadelphia, Pa - Though he was actually a US citizen in the RFC so outside my interest.

But I have managed to collect a number of names, locations and incidents from December 1918 up to the end of 1936 so if anyone has a query I might be able  to help them

I say  December 3, 1918 as 2nd Lt R  W Mackie Probably Richard William Mackie USAAS had to resort to a parachute when the balloon he was in broke free from its cable at Brooks Field and he had to jump from 200 feet. The other two crew  2nd Lt James S. Eldridge and Walter Herbert Reid I do not know about but they survived.

However, I have two immediate mysteries someone here may be able to help with.

 Richard W. Mackie was killed in a aircraft collision in October 1930 at Valley Stream NY

1st Incident

Sometime in November 1927 (actual date unknown) Ernest Emanuel 'Ernie' Dryer in a OX-5 Standard baled out over New Mexico when a wing came off during a test flight. I have been unable to find the date of this incident not helped by a report that he reportedly 'he bet $100 that he could break a wing; off his biplane and he went up 5.000 feet, looped-the-loop eight times, nosed downward at top speed for 500 feet, then suddenly turned upwarsd the wing snapped, and Dryer dropped to the field in a parachute to claim his bet. I would lobe to know the actual date of this incident and the registration of the OX-5 Standard

2nd Incident

On July 14, 1926 Machinist Mate J. T. Coburn / J F /J D Coburn of US Navy jumped from a plane over Oceanside/Coronado, San Diego, Calif. I would like to know if he was this incident: Biloxi Daily Herald (Newspaper) - July 15, 1926, Biloxi, Mississippi      Five navy aviation corps enlisted men were injured, one seriously  yesterday when the engine dropped from their monoplane-at. a height of 1,200 feet. Anthony Iannucci, brought the ship from a tail spin to land without completely wrecking it. The engine dropped info a bean field and was buried. ;   A "sixth" man escaped injury by jumping by parachute. All evidence suggest only 5, the confusion is due to Coburn jumping and be treated for shock - Iannucci and three others received minor bruises, while the sixth man escaped in jury by using a parachute. The plane was one of a squadron of twenty - three flying with Admiral Charles Frederick Hughes, Battle fleet Commander  in Chief and the type and serial number of the aircraft

I would also like to fully identify Machinist Mate J. T. Coburn / J F /J D Coburn. The rest of the crew were I believe Pilot: Anthony Iannucci  Chief Machinist Mate (CMM) (A) CHF MACH (enlisted pilot) , Aviation Machinist Mate 1st Class: H T Hammond, Aviation Machinist Mate 2nd Class G O Haggerty, Aviation Machinist Mate 2nd Class J T Coburn, Aviation Machinist Mate 3rd Class D F/P O'Connor.

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regarding 1st Incident, "in a OX-5 Standard"
I believe you are referring to a "Standard J" aircraft with an OX-5 engine.  
I did not see Ernest Emanuel 'Ernie' Dryer in the military accident database. 
The AAIR database only covers military accidents
The best place to look for non-military during that time period would be newspaper archives. 

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I don't know if this book would help your research ... I bought it used and roughly scanned it.
You can download it here on my file sharer (expires in 14 days):


From US Dept of Commerce: "Aircraft Accidents 1926-1930"

The file is 208MB.   :<

I couldn't find your accidents.   Ernest Dryer is in another accident, no parachute used (Travel Air in New Jersey, 1928).   I believe there are mentions of parachute jumps (like attached...unspecified William Campbell jump).

There might be more, I didn't look through it all.   All civilian...

--> Chris B.

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Thanks for that (but I already have a copy probably the one you scanned many thanks ) it is good source to cross reference dates and locations etc but not all descriptions mention if a parachute used

I think they issued another report or series of reports for the following years I have seen reference to it but not a copy

Kind regards

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