From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Percival Fenton, Jr. '46

Date of birth: March 17, 1923

Date of death: June 29, 1951

Age: 28

Lucky Bag

From the 1946 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.

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John Ebnet '42 was also lost in this crash.

John Thompson, Jr. '46 and Philip Allen '46 were also members of 12th Company.

Class of 1946

Percival is one of 35 members of the Class of 1946 on Virtual Memorial Hall.