Quonset Point NAS – May 2, 1944

Quonset Point NAS – May 2, 1944


     On May 2, 1944, a TBM-1C Avenger, (25430) was taking off from Quonset Point Naval Air Station when a wing folded and the plane crashed into Narragansett Bay off the end of Runway 19. 

     The Avenger generally carried three men, and there was at least one casualty.  Lieut. (Jg. )William Hinson Gallagher, 22, of Charlotte, North Carolina, was killed.   He’s buried in Elmwood Cemetery in Charlotte, in plot DX-121. 

     For photos of his gravesite go to the find-a-grave link below and click on “Search 121 grave records”.   www.findagrave.com    

     It is unknown at the time of this posting if there were other fatalities involved with this accident.


Rhode Island Department Of health Death Records.

Find A Grave website www.findagrave.com

Larry Webster – Aviation Historian & Archeologist




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