James A Perry
James A. Perry Birth Date: 3 Feb 1893 Marion County, Ind. Death: 26 Jun 1929 son of
Charles Coffin Perry
and Capitola Adams.
James Perry Killed In Airplane Crash
Well Known Here
Engine Died Shortly After Taking off While Plane Up Only 100 Feet
James A Perry, well known here as a cottager on the East Side of the lake, was killed
inatantly last Wednesday when an airplane he was pilotingin crashed to the ground
The accident occureed shortly after 3 o'clock in the afternoon was Mr. Perry was
pilotinga a ship owned by his company from Schoen field at Fort Benjamin Harrison to
Stout Field at Marys Hill, headquarters of the Curtiss company.
The machine, a Curtiss Robin monoplane cabin ship, was demolished, and Mr. Perry's
body was pinned underneath the mass of twisted wreckage. It was necessary to turn
the ship completely over in order to release the body.
Mr. Perry, apparently died from a concussion. His left leg had a compound fracture and
his right cheek and his nose were laverated. The right ear was burned, and the little
finger of his left hand broken. There were several bruises on his abfomen caused by the
saftety belt he was wearing.
Mr. Perry, accompanied by Capt. Earl Sweenry, had flown to Schoen field from stout airport
to get a Curtiss ship which had been loaned to the government during the C.M.T.C. period.
It had been used at the fort for demonstrations to the training camp students and to take
them on flights.
According to Lieut. Ralph Pantzer, who met Mr. Perrry and Capt. Sweeney at the fort field,
the two men barely avoided a crackup when they landed their ship at the fort. A tire had
come off one of the wheels of their plane, and a perfect lading was made by Capt. Sweeney,
on one wheel.
The other Curtiss ship had been tested and found in good condition, it was explained ar the
fort. The machine had been idling for then miniutes b efore Mr. Perry took off. He tool to the
air alone after conversing for several minutes with the men at the hangers.
Dr. Frank T Dowd, 1507 Broadway; Lieut Pantzer and several others were talking with Capt.
Sweeney when Mr. Perry took off. The paid little attention to the takeoff. After Mr Perry's
ship has rissen approsimately one hundred feet in the air they noticed that the engine had
stopped running. Dr. Dowd called attention to the fact, and they all looked up in time to see
the ship suffenly veer downard in its fatal crash.
They dashed to the place where the ship had fallen and found it a mass of twisted metal and
Mr. Perry dead amid the wreckage. Had lock been with him Mr. Perry could have flown about
seventy-five feet further to the west and found an almost perfect place to land. As it was the
ship fell in a deep ravine, crashing into the side of a hill.
Mr. Perry was owner of the Indianapolus American Accoication baseball team, and president of the
CUrtis FLying Service of Indiana. - CUlver Citizen
Indiana, Death Certificates, 1899-2011
Name: James A. Perry
Birth Date: 3 Feb 1893
Birth Place: Marion County, Ind.
Death Date: 26 Jun 1929
Death Place: Lawrence Ind., Marion, Indiana, USA
Marital Status: Divorced
Father: Chas. C. Perry
Mother: Capitola Adams