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Lt. Robert L. Carver, 28, was circling Chapman Field near Miami, Florida, when his P-26A plane suddenly dived into a swamp killing him. Lt. Carver had just cut loose a target which he had been towing for aerial gunnery practice when the accident occured. Lt. Carver was a pilot with the 55th Pursuit Squadron, 20th Pursuit Group, at Barksdale Field, La. He was a 1933 graduate of the U.S. Military Academy, where he was a football star in 1931 and 1932, gaining national attention. Official records say he died Dec. 15, 1935, but contemporary accounts consistently point to a Dec. 16, 1935 date. (Info collected on 06/07/09 from John Andrew Prime, Military Reporter for The Times at Shreveport) Photo Credited to Ralph W. Bailey..
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