EDWARD F. DENNEY, LT, USN

From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Edward Denney '35

Date of birth: April 20, 1913

Date of death: April 12, 1942

Age: 28

Lucky Bag

From the 1935 Lucky Bag:


Loss

Edward was co-pilot of one of two Navy PBY-5 Catalina patrol bombers that crashed near San Francisco, California, on April 12, 1942. Both aircraft were from Patrol Squadron (VP) 84; the squadron was departing for a homeport shift to Norfolk.

From Journal and Courier from Lafayette, Indiana:

14 MEN KILLED WHEN TWO U. S. BOMBERS CRASH

Seven Naval Fliers Die in Each Plane in Disasters in Hilly Country East of San Francisco. SAN FRANCISCO, April 13. (INS) Fourteen navy airmen were killed and a fifteenth was seriously injured when two navy PBY-5-A patrol bombers crashed in flames in the Livermore hills east of the Alameda naval air station on San Francisco bay, a navy statement announced today. Seven men died in each plane, the navy said.

Edward is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.

Related Articles

Frank Fernald '33 was piloting Edward's plane. The pilot of the other aircraft was their squadron commander, Loren Morris '27.

Navy Directories & Officer Registers

The "Register of Commissioned and Warrant Officers of the United States Navy and Marine Corps" was published annually from 1815 through at least the 1970s; it provided rank, command or station, and occasionally billet until the beginning of World War II when command/station was no longer included. Scanned copies were reviewed and data entered from the mid-1840s through 1922, when more-frequent Navy Directories were available.

The Navy Directory was a publication that provided information on the command, billet, and rank of every active and retired naval officer. Single editions have been found online from January 1915 and March 1918, and then from three to six editions per year from 1923 through 1940; the final edition is from April 1941.

The entries in both series of documents are sometimes cryptic and confusing. They are often inconsistent, even within an edition, with the name of commands; this is especially true for aviation squadrons in the 1920s and early 1930s.

Alumni listed at the same command may or may not have had significant interactions; they could have shared a stateroom or workspace, stood many hours of watch together… or, especially at the larger commands, they might not have known each other at all. The information provides the opportunity to draw connections that are otherwise invisible, though, and gives a fuller view of the professional experiences of these alumni in Memorial Hall.

October 1935

Ensign, USS Chester

Others at this command: LTjg Frank Latta '32 and ENS Albert Clark '33.

Others at or embarked at this command: ENS George Hutchinson '32 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 9S) and ENS Robert Isely '33 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 9S).

January 1936

Ensign, USS Chester

Others at this command: LTjg Frank Latta '32.

Others at or embarked at this command: ENS George Hutchinson '32 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 9S) and ENS Robert Isely '33 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 9S).

April 1936

Ensign, USS Chester

Others at this command: LTjg Frank Latta '32.

Others at or embarked at this command: LTjg George Hutchinson '32 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 9S) and ENS Robert Isely '33 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 9S).

July 1936

Ensign, USS Chester

Others at this command: ENS Theodore Lyster, Jr. '36.

Others at or embarked at this command: LTjg George Hutchinson '32 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 10S) and ENS Robert Isely '33 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 9S).

January 1937

Ensign, USS Chester

Others at this command: ENS Theodore Lyster, Jr. '36.

Others at or embarked at this command: LTjg George Hutchinson '32 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 10S).

April 1937

Ensign, USS Chester

Others at this command: ENS Theodore Lyster, Jr. '36.

Others at or embarked at this command: LTjg George Hutchinson '32 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 10S).

September 1937

Ensign, USS Chester

Others at this command: ENS Theodore Lyster, Jr. '36 and ENS John Miller '37.

Others at or embarked at this command: LTjg George McCutchan '33 (Cruiser Scouting Squadron (VCS) 5).

January 1938

Ensign, USS Chester

Others at this command: ENS Theodore Lyster, Jr. '36 and ENS John Miller '37.

Others at or embarked at this command: LTjg George McCutchan '33 (Cruiser Scouting Squadron (VCS) 5).

July 1938

Ensign, USS Chester

Others at this command: ENS Theodore Lyster, Jr. '36, ENS John Miller '37, ENS Alphonse Minvielle '38, and ENS Charles Sooy '38.

Others at or embarked at this command: LTjg George McCutchan '33 (Cruiser Scouting Squadron (VCS) 5).

January 1939

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Stewart

October 1939

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Stewart

June 1940

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Stewart

Others at this command: LT John Bermingham '29 and LTjg Archibald Stone, Jr. '34.

November 1940

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Stewart

Others at this command: LT John Bermingham '29 and LTjg Archibald Stone, Jr. '34.


Class of 1935

Edward is one of 56 members of the Class of 1935 on Virtual Memorial Hall.