Newport, R. I. – February 19, 1954

Newport, Rhode Island – February 19, 1954   

SNJ Trainer Aircraft
U. S. Navy Photo

     On February 19, 1954, a navy SNJ-4 training plane, (Bu. No. 27521), took off from the Quonset Point Naval Air station with two men aboard.  At some point the plane developed a mechanical problem and crashed and exploded into the water off Easton’s Beach in Newport.  Both men were killed instantly.  

     There were identified as:

     Lieutenant Commander Delloyd Stranahan of Bloomfield, New Jersey.

     Airman Henry E. Harmon, of St. Clair, Michigan.  


     Newport Daily News, “Navy Seeks Cause Of Plane Disaster At Easton’s Beach”, February 22, 1954.  Article submitted by Eric Wiberg, author and historian. 

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