|Members of the crew of the navy's big PN-10, which flew into Miami Thursday night
from the winter maneuvers at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, are shown here. Reading from
left to right, they are: M. M. Cooke, radio operator; R. G. Lindsey, aviation machinist's
mate, first class; Lieut. B. E. Grow, pilot; Lieut. Com. James Shoemaker, navigator;
C. H. Schildhauer, pilot; C. J. Sutter, aviation chief machinist's mate, and W. E.
Lees, engineer of the Packard Motor Co., manufacturers of the motors used in the plane
MIAMI FLA., FRIDAY, APRIL 15, 1927
ADVANCE GUARD OF U.S. PLANES ARRIVES HERE
Naval Tug Gannet and PN-10 Visit Miami After Maneuvers
Advance guard of the naval air forces returning from winter maneuvers in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, was in Miami hanger Friday. The naval tug Gannet, a supply ship of the west coast battle squadron, arrived with its charge, the PN-10, to remain until Monday.
The PN-10, sister ship of the PN-9 which crashed near Navassa Island about two weeks ago, will take on supplies from the Gannet and both will leave for Hampton Roads, Va., after which the Gannet will proceed to New York.
Sixteen planes of the Atlantic squadron are to arrive Sunday, and an airplane tender, either the Sandpiper or Wright, is expected here in advance for supplies.
On board the Gannet, commanded by Lieut. Thomas Macklin, was W. E. Lees of the engineering department of the Packard Motor Co. Mr. Lees was present at the maneuvers, watching performances of the huge Packard motors used in the PN ships. He was in the PN-10 when the PN-9 crashed, and helped rescue members of the crew from the burning plane. One officer, Lieut. Commander Robert C. Cabannas was killed and two men were seriously burned. The rescue, Mr. Lees said, was effected in a high sea. The accident happened when the pilot of the PN-9 taxied too far to sea, and got beyond the lee of the island where waves hampered his takeoff.
Lieut. Commander James Shoemaker is navigator and commanding officer of the plane, and pilots are Lieut. C. H. Schildhauer and Lieut. B. E. Grow. Lieutenant Schildhauer holds the navy endurance flight record of 28 hours, 35 minutes, 27 seconds, established with a PN type plane at Philadelphia in May, 1925. A radio officer and two mechanics complete the crew of the plane.
The Atlantic squadron of planes is at Key West, according to dispatches from that city. will leave early Sunday and all are expected to be in Miami Sunday afternoon.