Pennsville, NJ Training Plane Crash, Oct 1944

HELICOPTER EXPERT KILLED IN CRASH.

Pennsville, N. J., Oct. 19. -- (INS) -- Lieut. Col. LESLIE B. COOPER, 50, nationally known helicopter expert, of Dayton, Ohio, was listed today as one of five army aviators killed when their twin-engined training plane bust into flames and crashed at Brandriff beach near Pennsville.
The craft crashed last night a few minutes after taking off from the army's second ferrying group base at New Castle, Del.

San Antonio Light Texas 1944-10-19

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THREE OHIOANS DIE IN CRASH.

Dayton. -- Wright Field public relations officers reported Thursday that Lieut. Col. LESLIE B. COOPER, 50, nationally-known helicopter expert and son of Rear Admiral Philip H. Cooper, was 1 of 5 men killed in the crash of their plane about 10 minutes after taking off from the Second Ferrying Group base at New Castle, Del., Wednesday.
The others were:
Lieut. JAMES A FINFERA, 30, former aviation editor of the Columbus (O.) Citizen.
Lieut. ROBERT C. RYAN, son of Mrs. Ann R. Ryan, 4125 111th st., Cleveland, O.
Lieut. RICHARD F. STORBERG, 26, son of David W. Storberg, Lawrence, Mass.
Pfc. CHARLES R. WHITE, 21, son of Mrs. Ruth White, York, Pa.
The plane fell across the Delaware river at Brandriff Beach, a mile north of Pennsville, N.J., as they headed for their base at Wright Field, a public relations officer here reported.

Evening Independent Massillon Ohio 1944-10-20