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John Ebnet '42

Date of birth: May 8, 1920

Date of death: June 29, 1951

Age: 31

Lucky Bag

From the 1942 Lucky Bag:


From the Arizona Republic on June 30, 1951:

Navy Bomber Crash Kills 8 KEY WEST, Fla., June 29 (UP) Eight navy fliers were killed and one injured Friday when a twin-engine patrol bomber crashed into ocean shortly after the takeoff. The plane flipped over on its back in 12 feet of water about a mile from President Truman's vacation White House here. The bodies of all three officers and five enlisted men killed were recovered and the navy identified seven of them. They were: Lt Cmdr. John J. Ebnet, 31, St. Cloud, Minn., the pilot. Lt. Cmdr. Oscar W. Myers, 43, Santa Barbara, Calif.; Lt. (JG) Percival N. Fenton, 24, Washington, D. C. copilot; Enlisted men: John T. Taylor, 26, Philadelphia; Maurice R. Flood, 23, Chicago; Otis Edwards, 24, Repton, Ala.; and Carmine J. Tufarella, 24, Jamaica, Y. Chief, aviation ordnanceman Ralph Draper, 28, of Dobbs Ferry, Y., was the sole survivor. The navy said he was thrown clear as the plane hit the water. He suffered a broken leg and minor shock. The name of the fifth enlisted man killed was withheld pending notification of nearest kin. Witnesses said the plane rose to about 100 feet above the water after taking off from, the naval seaplane base when its right wing dipped sharply. The big PBM spiraled into the ocean within seconds. Navy and coast guard crash boats picked up Draper and two other men who were thrown clear the wreckage. One was dead and another died en-route to the navy hospital.

He was engaged to be married in August 1945.

John is buried in Minnesota.

From researcher Kathy Franz:

John married Rosemary O'Keefe, and they had three sons John, Michael and David. Record of Michael born June 1950 to them. Son John whose middle name is O'Keefe later married and had three children.

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Percival Fenton, Jr. '46 was also lost in this crash.

Class of 1942

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