Clark County Clipper, February 23, 1928


 
PROTECTION BOY KILLED IN AIR PERFORMANCE
 

Francis Ashcraft, Protection boy, was instantly killed last Saturday while participating in the Southeastern Air Derby at Macon, Ga.  Ashcraft, with fellow pilot Steele were dropping bombs from an approximate altitude of five to seven thousand feet.  No flyer was actually close enough to give accurate details as to how the accident occurred, but the pilot of the closest machine described it as being caused by a bomb that had been dropped.  The bomb struck on the wing of the plane and exploded prematurely.  The plane then went into a tail spin and both men were thrown from the machine.  Ashcraft's body was badly bruised and burned by the explosion, while Steele was decapitated.  The plane fell in the business part of the city and killed one and seriously injured several others.

"Franz" as friends here knew him, was a very popular and well known young man in Protection and surrounding communities.  His career in Protection High School was well marked with distinction, both in athletic and scholastic circles.  Last fall he went east to learn aviation that he might later be associated with his brother in that new field.  His friends and relatives were deeply grieved to learn of his tragic death.  Protection community feels the loss of a man whose ideals were above the common and whose thoughts were as noble as his deeds.  Ashcraft was 22 years of age.

The body was sent to Protection and funeral services were conducted there Wednesday afternoon from the Methodist church.  Interment was made in Protection cemetery.


Contributed by  ~Shirley Brier~ October 26, 2005
 



 

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