Quonset Point, R.I. – April 21, 1944

Quonset Point, Rhode Island – April 21, 1944

 

U.S. Navy FM-2 Wildcat
U.S. Navy Photo

     At 10:30 a.m. on the morning of April 21, 1944, an FM-2 Wildcat, (Bu. No. 16583), was taking off from the Quonset Point Naval Air Station on Runway 5 for a routine training flight.  Just after becoming airborne, at an altitude of 30 feet, the engine suddenly stopped.  The aircraft fell back onto the runway but there wasn’t enough time or room to stop.  The aircraft went off the end of the runway, over a sea wall, and into Narragansett Bay.  The pilot was rescued, but the aircraft was a total loss.  Inspection revealed fouled sparkplugs to be the cause.

     Source:

     U. S. Navy accident report #44-13366    

South Mountain, Vermont – October 24, 1945

South Mountain, Vermont – October 24, 1945

 

SB2C Helldiver U.S. Navy Photo

SB2C Helldiver
U.S. Navy Photo

     On October 24, 1945, a U.S. Navy Helldiver left Burlington, Vt., headed for Quonset Naval Air Station in Rhode Island, when it crashed into South Mountain at the 2,300 foot level, cutting a wide path and scattering wreckage over a large area.  Both men aboard were killed.  

     150  searchers found the wreck site after two days.     

     The pilot was Ensign Walter G. Smith, Jr., 22, of Kansas City, Mo.   

     The passenger was 28-year-old Lt. Cmdr. Maurice M. Stone of Raleigh, North Carolina.  Stone was the executive officer of a squadron based at Quonset Point, and had arrived in Burlington with his squadron for Navy Day exercises.   At some point his hand became infected, and he was being flown to R.I. for treatment when the accident occurred.  

     Stone was a veteran of the first aircraft carrier based attack on Tokyo, Japan.  He was survived by his wife Maureen (Smith) Stone. He’s buried in Savannah, Georgia.

Sources:

Providence Journal, “Bodies of Two Quonset Aviators, Wrecked Plane Found In Vermont”,  October 27, 1945, Pg. 1    

North Kingstown, Rhode Island, death records #45-100 & 45-101

Quonset Point Naval Air Station Insignia

Quonset Point Naval Air Station insignia patch

Quonset Point Naval Air Station insignia patch

Quonset Point Naval Air Station Vintage Images

Quonset Point Naval Air Station Vintage Images 

     The Quonset Point Naval Air Station was located on Narragansett Bay in the town of North Kingstown, Rhode Island. 

     To see hundreds more vintage images of the Quonset Point Naval Air Station one can obtain two books published through Arcadia Press in their Images of America series titled: Quonset Point Naval Air Station, Volumes 1 & 2, by Seam Paul Milligan.  Both books are highly informative.    

 

Before the navy base, Quonset Point was a summer community.  This real estate ad is from July of 1930.

Before the navy base, Quonset Point was a summer community. This real estate ad is from July of 1930.

Vintage Post Card View Of The Former Entrance To Quonset Point, NAS.

Vintage Post Card View Of The Former Entrance To Quonset Point, NAS.

Quonset Point Naval Air Station Insignia patch

Quonset Point Naval Air Station Insignia patch

A Vintage Post Card View Of A Helicopter Over Quonset Point Naval Air Station

A Vintage Post Card View Of A Helicopter Over Quonset Point Naval Air Station

 

 

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