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Dave Haas Plane Crash

5 Jul 1946 New Orleans Times Picayune, p. 24


Flier of “Hump” Dies in Accident in Bunkie


Bunkie, La., July 4—William David Haas, III, who flew an army transport across “the Hump” in to China for a year, crashed in his private plane as his father watched near the family home here this afternoon and was believed to have died instantly.


The former army flier, a student at the University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa, Ala., had flown is AT-6 plan from the university to his home.  He circled the house and signaled the family to meet him in Alexandria.


Shortly after Haas had given his father the signal, the plane went into a roll and crashed. The plane was damaged and the youth was dead when the family reached the scene, within a hundred yards of the Haas home.


Haas, 23 years old, was released from army service last September and returned to the University of Alabama where he had been before entering the army. Funeral services will be conducted from the First Methodist church here at 4 p.m. Sunday with the Rev. A.W. Townsend, pastor, officiating.  Interment will be at the Greenwood Memorial Cemetery in Alexandria with the Bunkie Masonic Lodge in charge of the last rites.  He was a Shriner as well as Blue Lodge Mason.


He was the son of W. Dave Haas, prominent oil land owner and businessman of Central Louisiana, and Mrs. Haas, who with a sister, Mrs. Warren Constant, Houston, Tex., and his grandmother, Mrs. E.M. Henning of Bunkie, survive him.

Owner/SourceNew Orleans Times-Picayune
Date5 Jul 1946
Linked toWilliam David HAAS, III

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