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    Posted: 28 Jan 2012 at 21:37
"General Venustiano Carranza (later president) intent on taking the city of Mazatlan, ordered a bi-plane to drop a crude bomb of nails and dynamite wrapped in leather to the target of Neveria Hill adjacent to the down town area of Mazatlan. Well the bomb was crude and the art of bombing was cruder. The bomb landed not on target but on the city streets of Mazatlan and in the process killed two citizens and wounded several others."
Anyone able to identify a pilot and/or machine?
There were a number of US mercenary pilots operating in the area 1913-1914.
One possibility for the Mazatlan raid was Didier Masson on an unidentified Martin machine.  The aircraft was known as "Sonora".
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Turns out the aircraft was an early Glenn Martin pusher - based on the Curtiss but instead of a forward elevator it had a forward rudder.  Different.
The pilot at this time was a Mexican, Gustavo Salinas Camina.  Salinas later helped form the Mexican Air Foce, becoming it's commanding general in 1943.
The bombs were primitive in the extreme.  Sticks of dynamite, with some nails, all wrapped in a wet pigskin, when dry this held the 'bomb' together!  It's not clear how they were fused.
There, you learn something new every day!
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