On July 1, 1919, David Logg was flying a Curtiss R aircraft from Bellefonte, Pennsylvania. On takeoff, Logg failed to get sufficient speed because "my spark was not well advanced. I jumped the fence, but on striking wheat field my ship was turned and landing gear, propeller, etc., was broken."
A couple of months later, Logg was forced down again. This time, on September 8, 1919, his motor was beginning to slow down and the power fading while flying over Sunbury, Pennsylvania. Logg made a forced landing one mile east of Newberlin, Pennsylvania on a sloping and grassy field. The landing field was short for a de Havilland, but he managed to land successfully anyhow. After a new generator and battery were installed, the motor tested fine and Logg was in New Berlin the next day.
In this letter to his superiors, Logg explains and defends his forced landing of September 8, 1919.
- Courtesy of the National Archives and Records Administration