Fort Devens Airport, MA – April 21, 1942

Fort Devens Airport, Fort Devens, Massachusetts

April 21, 1942

     Fort Devens Airport was active at Fort Devens, Massachusetts, during World War II.  It was later named Moore Field after Chief Warrant Officer 2 Douglas Moore, who was killed in Vietnam.  The field closed in 1995.

     At 7:55 p.m., on April 21, 1942, an O-52 observation plane (Ser. No. 40-2702) was returning to Fort Devens Airport after a reconnaissance flight when the aircraft crashed in four feet of water at the edge of a pond.  The plane fell from an altitude of 500 feet while making a turn in preparation for landing.   Both the pilot and observer were killed.

     (Pilot) 2nd Lt. Robert W. Booker, 24, of Illinois.  He’s buried in Macon County Memorial Park, Section 14, in Harristown, Illinois.  He received his pilot’s wings on October 31, 1941. 

     (Observer) 1st Lt. Gerald P. Kennedy, 27, of Rhode Island.  He’s buried in St. Francis Cemetery, Section 51, in Pawtucket, Rhode Island.

     The men were assigned to the 152nd Observation Squadron (M)

     Source: U.S. Army Air Corps Technical Report Of Aircraft Accident #42-4-21-23

     Wikipedia – Fort Devens Airport 

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