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Incident Name: fire near Sacramento, CA
Date:  9/1/1961
Personnel: Bernard Evart
Age:  43
Agency/Organization:  under contract with CDF (now CAL FIRE)
Position: aerial firefighter, pilot

Summary: On September 1, 1961 the Grumman F7F that Bernard Evart was piloting crashed, killing him.

Photo of another F7F Tigercat for type of aircraft, compliments of Leroy Zwicky.

Tanker E-31, Grumman F7F Tanker E-31, Grumman F7F

 

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  • Concise Information from the NTSB, FAA, AAP and research by the WLF Staff:
    • 9/1/1961
    • 1 killed, Bernard Evart
    • Operator: unknown
    • Type: Grumman F7F
    • Location: near Sacramento, CA
    • FAA Registration unknown
    • No NTSB record could be found. Record keeping on the online NTSB lookout database began in 1962 and records are incomplete and/or spotty. Agencies generally kept their own records and did any investigation they felt necessary. That all changed with the Pressler Act in the 1970's.
  • California Death Index: Bernard C Evart
    • Name: Bernard C Evart
    • Event Type: Death
    • Event Date: 01 Sep 1961
    • Event Place: Sacramento, California, United States
    • Birth Date: 13 May 1918
    • Birthplace: California
    • Gender: Male
    • Father's Name:
    • >Mother's Name: Keegan
  • US Social Security Death Index: Bernard Evart
    • Given Name: Bernard
    • Surname: Evar
    • Birth Date: 3 May 1918
    • Social Security Number: 552-03-8138
    • State: California
    • Event Date: September 1961
    • Age: 43

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Contributors to this article:  Mellie, Tom Janney, FedFire, Leroy Zwicky for the F7F photo demonstrating type of aircraft.

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