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Newfoundland Witnesses

Witness # Witness Type Name Witness Age Genl Location Specific Location Time Weather Description Witness Background Special Quals Date came fwd Source
1 Hear Miss Julia Day unk Old Perlican none specified "At about the same time" as other Harbour Grace area witnesses not specified "Notified the superintendent of the system that she heard an airplane." Government telegraph operator at Old Perlican   May 12 1927 NYT May 13, 1927; pg 1 col. 1
2 See Arthur Doyle 45 Gull Island in his garden on hill about 200 feet MSL, ten minutes from his home 5/9/27
9:20
none specified Heard the airplane. Looking toward the sound saw large white airplane coming in off the Atlantic Ocean between Bacalieu and where I stood.   two nephews at brother's house nearby saw same thing July 3 1927 NYT, July 4, 1927
3 See Leo Doyle 21 Gull Island working in front of his home 5/9/27
9:15 AM
none specified Heard plane coming from east northeast. It passed a little to the west of him over his uncle's farm. July 3 1927 NYT, July 4, 1927
4 See William J. Doyle 19 Gull Island leaving for school 5/9/27
9:20 
none specified Just leaving door of my house. Leo called to me to look at the airplane then diectly over my head or just to the west of us. It was going very fast and must have been 1,000 feet high. Brother of Leo Doyle July 3 1927 NYT, July 4, 1927
5 See Maurice Oliver 9 Gull Island The house in the country where Arthur Doyle was working none specified none specified Called his mother to see the big white bird and they both watched it go out of sight. July 3 1927 NYT, July 4, 1927
6 Hear Patrick O'Brien 30 Harbour Grace Watering his cattle a few hundred yards from his home on St. Jetton's Hill northwest of Harbour Grace "Between 9:30 and 10:00 o'clock Monday morning" "Dull and hazy with poor visibility. Wind from NW. Clouds so low not possible to see hills 3 miles away." "Distinctly heard aircraft passing overhead the sound was something to the northwest." Heard "working of propellers." After two minutes was lost in southwesterly direction. farmer living on hill above Harbour Grace Heard Handley Page in 1919 May 11 1927 NYT May 13, 1927; pg 1 col. 1 and pg 2. col. 1
7 Hear John Stapleton 71 Harbour Grace "working in a field near the cable station with Patrick Moriarity" none specified but implication about same as other HG witnesses none specified "heard the noise and looked up thinking the machine was in sight because the sound was so clear." former fisherman and former "battery man" with Imperial Cable Co. May 11 1927 but after O'Brien NYT May 13, 1927; pg 1 col. 1
8 Hear Patrick Moriarity 19 Harbour Grace with Stapleton same as Stapleton none specified Stapleton said the kid heard it too. working with John Stapleton same as Stapleton NYT May 13, 1927; pg 1 col. 1
9 Hear Ebenezer Peddle 56 Bears Cove working in a field near their house, about 2 miles from O'Brien's soon after 9:30 Monday morning Hazy Heard a strange noise above them which they thought was an airplane. Original report said Peddle senior saw plane but later corrected. Only James saw plane.  May 14 1927 when came into Harbour Grace to do weekly marketing NYT May 15, 1927; pg 1 col. 6
10 Hear Mrs. Lily Hinton unk Harbour Grace in a room in her house with windows open (NYT) In her kitchen (Evening Telegram) between 9 and 11 o'clock Monday morning (Evening Telegram of St. John's 5/12/27) none specified Ran to window, saw nothing "How absurd to expect airplane here" (NYT). Passed in a northerly direction. (Evening Telegram) Wife of Imperial Cable Co. manager at Harbour Grace lived near seaplane base in England during war May 11 1927 (implied) NYT May 13, 1927; pg 1 col. 1
11 See James Peddle 18 Harbour Grace Working on cottage road not far from Handley Page aerodrome Soon after 9:30 Monday morning Hazy Heard sounds of a plane coming out from the northeast direction toward the island of Bacelieu. "About two minutes afterward I saw what I am positive was an airplane of white color coming over from the northeast bearing." Laborer, son of Ebenezer Peddle Familiar with Handley Page May 14 1927 NYT May 15, 1927; pg 1 col. 6
12 Hear Mrs. Margaret Whittle unk Harbour Grace Mrs. Hinton's house in Harbour Grace same as Mrs. Hinton none specified Heard a loud noise "What can they be doing upstairs." Charwoman (cleaning lady) at Mrs.Hinton's house May 11 1927 (implied) NYT May 13, 1927; pg 2 col. 1
13 Hear Mrs. Elizabeth Munn unk Harbour Grace feeding her chickens in the garden between 9:30 and 10:00 o'clock (Evening Telegram 5/12/27) none specified Heard the noise. Sure it was an airplane. So violent it frightened chickens (NYT) "passing away to the northwest" (Evening Telegram) Wife of Robert Munn, a merchant in Harbour Grace May 11 1927 (implied) NYT May 13, 1927; pg 2 col. 1
14 Hear Mrs. Samuel Stevenson unk Stevenson's Village in her yard with her chickens Monday morning air was thick with fog Heard what she took to be the noise of an airplane. Scared the chickens. none given prior to May 13, 1927 Evening Telegram, May 18, 1927
15 See Mrs. Ann Kelly 70 Otterbury 1.5 miles from O'Brien's place, in her garden working with poultry Monday morning between 9:30 and 10:00 o'clock none specified Heard "queer loud noise overhead," and saw "two large white birds going southward" none specified familiar with Handley Page May 14 1927 NYT May 15, 1927; pg 1 col. 6
16 unclear "several people" Brigus district unk none specified none specified Several people reported that an aeroplane had passed over, after which they heard several loud explosions prior to June 9, 1927 Cotton report
17  unclear "several people" Ocean Pond unk none specified none specified Several people reported that an aeroplane had passed over, after which they heard several loud explosions prior to June 9, 1927 Cotton report
18 See John Dobbin unk St.Mary's Hill east of St. Mary's cutting wood& none specified none specified Saw flash of light like reflection off windshield and smoke (white?) from aircraft on Red Head on fire. More detail from Yetman interviews. Carpenter who worked for James Crawley of Holyrood June 17 1927 Cotton diary
19 See "witnesses" unk St. Mary's unk none specified none specified "Machine on fire on Red Head" character verified by magistarate and priest June 17 1927 Cotton diary

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