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Charlestown in Washington County, Rhode Island — The American Northeast (New England)
 

Grumman F6F-5N Hellcat Crash

 
 
Grumman F6F-5N Hellcat Crash Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, June 14, 2017
1. Grumman F6F-5N Hellcat Crash Marker
Inscription.

U.S. Navy
NAAF
Charlestown, R.I.


On Friday, March 2, 1945 at 2215 hours, Grumman F6F-5N Hellcat Buno 71418 crashed shortly after takeoff from runway 22, where it exploded and burned on the ice-covered waters 500 Ft off shore. LTJG Kenneth Bruce McQuady, USN, was 21 years of age at the tme of his accident and was killed on impact. This Hamilton-Standard hydromatic propeller is from McQuady’s aircraft, which was recovered from Ninigret Pond in 2004. It has been placed here as a memorial to those who gave the ultimate sacrifice while training at “Charlietown.”
 
Location. 41° 22.342′ N, 71° 39.873′ W. Marker is in Charlestown, Rhode Island, in Washington County. Marker is on Park Lane south of Old Post Road (Rhode Island Route 1A), on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is inside Ninigret Park, south of the park entrance. Marker is at or near this postal address: 5 Park Lane, Charlestown RI 02813, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Charlestown Naval Auxiliary Landing Field Memorial (a few steps from this marker); Liberty Tree Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Fort Ninigret
Grumman F6F-5N Hellcat Crash Marker (<i>wide view</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, June 14, 2017
2. Grumman F6F-5N Hellcat Crash Marker (wide view)
(approx. 1.1 miles away); Fort Ninigret Marker (approx. 1.2 miles away); General Joseph Stanton Monument (approx. 2.8 miles away); Samuel Ward Birthplace Site (approx. 5.8 miles away); Seventh Day Baptist Minister's Monument (approx. 7.2 miles away); First Seventh Day Baptist Church of Hopkinton (approx. 7.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Charlestown.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Charlestown Naval Auxiliary Field
 
Also see . . .
1. World War Two Warplane Propeller Was Pulled From A Lake And Now Graces A Rhode Island Memorial.
A propeller from a Grumman F6F-5N Hellcat flown in World War II is now at the Charlestown Auxiliary Naval Airfield Memorial in Ninigret Park, Charlestown, Rhode Island. The Hellcat was being flown by Lt. Kenneth Bruce McQuady when it crashed into Ninigret Pond on March 2, 1945. McQuady was killed in the accident. The airfield had been started to train pilots for World War II in September 1943. In 1944, former President George H. W. Bush trained there. (Submitted on March 13, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 

2. Grumman F6F Hellcat.
The Grumman F6F Hellcat is an American carrier-based
Propeller from McQuady’s aircraft (<i>located behind marker</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, June 14, 2017
3. Propeller from McQuady’s aircraft (located behind marker)
fighter aircraft of World War II. Designed to replace the earlier F4F Wildcat and to counter the Japanese Mitsubishi A6M Zero, it was the United States Navy's dominant fighter in the second half of the Pacific War. (Submitted on March 13, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 
 
Categories. Air & SpaceDisastersMilitaryNotable EventsWar, World II
 
US Navy Auxiliary Landing Field Sign (<i>near marker</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, June 14, 2017
4. US Navy Auxiliary Landing Field Sign (near marker)
Ninigret Park Sign (<i>near marker</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, June 14, 2017
5. Ninigret Park Sign (near marker)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on March 15, 2018. This page originally submitted on March 12, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 52 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on March 12, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.   5. submitted on March 13, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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