Colgate W. Darden, a U.S. Navy aviator during World War I, received his wings in 1918 and went to France as a Marine Corps flier. Shortly before the end of the war, he was involved in a terrible plane accident. He was sitting in the rear of a De Havilland DH-4 with pilot and Medal of Honor recipient Second Lieutenant Ralph Talbot (USMCR) on 25 October 1918. Darden, who was not wearing a seatbelt, was flung from the airplane, which burst into flames, killing Talbot. Below is an excerpt from Darden’s oral history conducted by Dr. John T. Mason in 1969 on behalf of the U.S.
A Lack of Seatbelt Saves a Life
Colgate W. Darden describes a plane accident he was involved in during World War I in this excerpt from his oral history.
By Colgate W. Darden, Jr.