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Don Miller

MILLER, PAVLOVIC, RIESSER

Posted By: Cheryl Locher Moonen (email)
Date: 7/10/2015 at 22:38:22

TELEGRAPH HERALD AND TIMES JOURNAL, DUBUQUE, IOWA - Feb. 8, 1931

MOLINE AVIATOR
KILLED IN CRASH
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We’re Making Forced
Landing in Snow
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Davenport, Ia., Feb. 7. – AP – Aldrich G. Pavlovic, 23, foreman in the Monocoupe Aircraft factory at Moline, Ill., was instantly killed and Don Miller, proprietor of a mink ranch near Davenport, was seriously injured when their monoplane crashed while making a forced landing near Walcott, Ia., late Friday

Returning from a trip to Ames and Des Moines, Pavlovic was piloting the ship toward Davenport. Their oil supply became low and a sleet storm was encountered, causing Pavlovic to seek a suitable field for landing. While banking in a turn over a cornfield on the Albert Riesser farm, the plane fell.

Pavlovic was crushed against the motor and his skull fractured. Miller with a broken leg, was able to crawl out of the wreckage and collapsed as farmers approached the spot.

Walcott is in Scott County, 10 miles west and north of Davenport


 

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