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. 

Newport, R. I. – August 14, 1922

Newport, Rhode Island – August 14, 1922

     On August 14, 1922, a U. S. Navy Aeromarine 40F bi-plane, (Bu. No. A-5087), was attempting to land in the water off Newport when the right wing suddenly dipped and hit the water just before touchdown causing a crash.   The right wing was crumpled and the fuselage broke in half, and the rudder was broken.  Fortunately the pilot and his passenger were not injured.

     The aircraft was assigned to the Squantum Scouting Fleet stationed at Squantum, Massachusetts.  It was turned over to the Fleet Air Base at Hampton Roads, Virginia, to be salvaged for useable parts before scrapping. 

     Source: U. S. Naval Aviation Safety Center, Norfolk, Virginia, Pilot History Cards.      

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