9 September 1862 – “Alert” was a Union barque carrying a cargo of 80 boxes of tobacco, clothes and other trade goods for sea elephant oil from New London, CT, for Navigators' Islands in the South Indian Ocean when she was captured by CSS Alabama between Corvo and Flores Islands in the Azores. Some of the cargo was removed and she was set on fire and sunk. 1862 – “Ocean Rover” was a Union whaling barque of 313 tons out of New Bedford, Mass. She was carrying 1,100 barrels of whale oil when captured by the CSS Alabama off Flores, Azores. She was burnt along with bargue “Alert” and the crews put in 6 boats and told to row for the Azores. 1864 – “Fawn” was a Union Steam mail boat from Norfolk. She was captured and burned by James B. Hopkins and 35 Confederate guerrillas and sailors from the ironclad CSS Albemarle at the Currituck Bridge in the Dismal Swamp Canal. 1928 - During events held during the National Air Races at Mines Field, Los Angeles, the program "was marred by the crash of Lieut. George E. Hasselman, U.S.Navy, of the VB-2B Squadron, who crashed 50 feet to the ground in a side slip and was seriously injured." VB-2B operated Boeing F2B-1s in 1928. 1945 - Consolidated B-32-20-CF Dominator, 42-108532, "Hobo Queen II", is damaged when the nose wheel accidentally retracts on the ground at Yontan Airfield, Okinawa. Two days later, a hoist lifting the B-32 drops it twice. Since the war has ended, it is not repaired but is disassembled at the airfield. 1950 - A Douglas R5D-3, BuNo 56496, c/n 10624, crashed shortly after take-off from Kwajalein atoll in the South Pacific Ocean en-route to Tokyo, Japan. A total of 26 U.S. Navy personnel, including 11 nurses were killed. 1953 - A USAF Lockheed T-33A Shooting Star attempting a landing at San Fernando Valley Airport comes down a half mile short, sweeps over an open lot and under powerlines, bounces on a street, and crashes into the front door of home in Van Nuys, California. The trainer tears through the center of the home, leaving a wing in the living room and a tank embedded in the kitchen wall, and comes to rest in the backyard. There is no fire. One victim in the house is killed. The plane's crew, Capt. Samuel Fast, 34, of San Fernando, the pilot, and Capt. Howard Rhodes, 30, Santa Monica, step from the fuselage unaided with only minor cuts and bruises. "The plane was on a routine acceptance test flight when landing gear trouble was reported, the CAA said." On Friday 11 September, nearly 200 women and children picket the Lockheed assembly plant at the Lockheed Air Terminal, to protest the testing of jet planes in the populous area. 1953 - A U.S. Navy Douglas AD-4 Skyraider crashes, explodes on impact, and burns on the middle of Owens Dry Lake near Olancha, ~60 miles N of Naval Ordnance Test Station Inyokern. The bodies of three crew were retrieved by afternoon. The bomber was on a routine training mission out of NAS North Island, California. Wreckage was strewn over a 200-yard radius. Occupants of a companion plane on the flight saw the plane crash and reported it to the Inyokern station, which dispatched a rescue team and security officers. The accident occurred at 11:38 a.m. The Navy identified the dead the following day as: Ens. A. R. Stickney, North Hollywood; John C. Peckenpaugh, AOM 3-c, Hardinsburg, Kentucky; and Paul D. Pock, Altamont, Illinois. 1953 - "MERCED (AP) - A two-engine Navy plane from Monterey crashed near Castle Air Force Base Wednesday and was demolished by fire. Two of the four crewmen received major injuries, all four received second degree burns." 1955 – A Douglas B-66 Destroyer, from Hurlburt Field crashed near Alvin, Texas. Three crew members aboard the plane bailed out after their plane developed trouble at 37,000 feet. Capt. Arthur J. Manzo, radar observer-navigator, was critically injured and died of his injuries 11 September 1957. Other crew members included 1st Lt. David E. Moore, pilot, and S/Sgt. Robert J. Newland, gunner. 1965 – Test pilot Robert Rushworth flew the X-15 to 29,627 meters (97,206 feet) and Mach 5.16. 1993 – Former USCG Cape Strait (WPB-95308) was sunk as an artificial reef off Cape May, New Jersey.