Preston, CT – October 19, 1944

Preston, Connecticut – October 19, 1944


F6F Hellcat U.S. Navy Photo

F6F Hellcat
U.S. Navy Photo

      On October 19, 1944, Ensign George Kenneth Krause, 22, and Ensign Merle Henry Longnecker, 20, were piloting F6F Hellcats over the Norwich State Hospital area conducting mock interceptions for training purposes when the two planes collided in mid-air and crashed to the ground about one mile north-east of the hospital.  Both men were killed.

     Both men were assigned to Carrier Air Service Unit (CASU) 25 at Charlestown Naval Auxiliary Air Field in Rhode Island. 

     Krause is buried in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.     

     Longnecker was survived by his wife Blanche.  He’s buried in New Rockford, North Dakota.


     Rhode Island Department Of Health death certificates

     The Norwich Bulletin, “Veterans Group Plans 70th Anniversary Tribute To Pilots killed In Preston Crash”, October 17, 2014 


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