Clipped From The Daily Telegram
PLANE CRASHES; PILOT REPORTED MISSING EAST TAWAS, Mich., May 10 (!P) —A search continued today for Lieut. Wilmeth Sidat-Singh. former Syracuse University football star, who was reported missing after the army pursuit plane he was piloting caught fire and crashed into Saginaw Bay off Lake Huron. Witnesses told officers from Self ridge Field, where the 25-year- old pilot was stationed, that they saw a parachute open before the plane crashed at noon yesterday. No trace of either Sidat-Singh or the parachute was found by searchers who included army men fcom the army gunnery school at Oscoda, Michigan state police and coast guardsmen. The army said that only a large oil slick was found in the lake about a mile off shore. The plane, sank after it crashed. Lieut. Sidat-Singh, who was graduated March 25 as a second lieutenant from the Tuskegee army flying school at Tuskegee, Ala., was assigned to the 301st Negro fighter squadron at the 332nd fighter group at Selfridge Field last Tuesday and had been sent to the Oscoda school, a unit of Selfridge, for gunnery practice. The army said he was on a routine flight when the crash occurred. Sidat-Singh, who played in the backfleld at Syracuse in 1937 and 1938, staged his most spectacular performance in the 1938 season with a trio of scoring aerials in the final three minutes against Cornell University, giving Syracuse the victory. He also played basketball at Syracuse. The young pilot starred in sports at Clinton high school, New York, where he was a graduate in 1935. He received his diploma from Syracuse in 1939.