Dudley, Billy use to date my sister and one night she had quite a reaction to a shot at the dentist and when Bill came to take her out he saw her condition and took her right away to the Delaware Hospital probably saving her life. Understand that at the time Bill was on his break there was a commercial DC-3 that had been cleared on the same runway so don't know if this had any effect on his concentration or not.
With Frank there is theories on what happened him, spatial disorganization (terminology), icing, severe turbulence. The accident report I read did not give final conclusions.
He was a neat guy. In his early days he would pull up to a service station ask for a gallon of gas and a road map to Texas. Whenever I'm down that way I stop and visit his grave and pay my respects to him. Budo
Seems we have a few things in common.
Jim Shotwell is buried in a church yard in Haywood Va. I was only a teen ager when he was buried and missed the funeral. Sixteen years later I came to the grave site not in a car but overhead flying a P51D.
The low pass I made over Jim's grave that morning woke up half the state as I rolled it over the church.
Reader's Digest carried the story in 1985. Turns out considering the Digest reader base it probably turned out to be the most widely read about buzz job in aviation history.
Knowing Jim as I did, he would have loved being in on THAT one!
Anyway, nice meeting you.