Museum Coordinator Katie Harvey gathers personal memories from people of the community. One such story was that of a plane hitting the house of Richard and Kitty Stack in 1956.
On Jan 9, 1956 Col Carl Payne, Director of Operations for North East Air Command (NEAC) of the US Air Force at Pepperrell AFB, tragically crashed immediately after takeoff from Torbay Airport, hitting the Stack house. His aircraft then skidded across a field and his remains, and the remains of his aircraft, went over a cliff to the beach and water below.
Col Payne Tribute
The story and fate of Col Payne appeared in print earlier this year in The Telegram in an article by retired photojournalist Gary Hebbard (firstname.lastname@example.org). Gary followed this story in pursuit of his passion as an aviation writer and researcher.
His article appears in two parts in the links below.
The Museum, which has many interesting exhibits, is building a display remembering Col Carl Payne. This display includes newspaper articles about the crash, uniforms of the USAF from the period, and will also include details of the crash accompanied by photos and stories from the people in the community that witnessed it.
Gary, a friend of the Club, put the Museum in touch with IPMS St. John’s.
The T-33 Shooting Star (T-Bird), built by Tony from our club, will be a central piece of that display.
The kit is the Academy 1/48 scale kit and is painted to represent Col Payne’s aircraft (Bu 53-5134), as it was in 1956, based on best research available to us.
The Logy Bay-Middle Cove-Outer Cove Museum will be revealing the Col Carl Payne exhibit at the Museum (744 Logy Bay Road) on September 5.