|Birth: ||Nov. 1, 1924|
New York, USA
|Death: ||Jan. 20, 1947|
Lt. Leonard Davenport was the Radar Operator of a B-29 Bomber in route from Salina, Kansas to Pyote, Texas on Jan. 20, 1947. The flight was uneventful until they crossed over into Texas. There was a run away of number 2 engine. The pilot tried unsuccessfully to feather the prop and shut the engine down. They wanted to land at Wichita Falls, Texas but the air port there could not take the weight of the B-29. As there seemed to be no immediate danger, the pilot decided to continue to Pyote with the windmilling prop.
The crew then noticed that the prop shaft was red hot and, in a matter of seconds, the prop came off, hit the fuselage, cutting all the controls on the left side. The pilot and co-pilot tried to hold the ship straight and level but were unable to do so. Everyone was ordered to bail out the rear door and the pilot went through the hole made by the prop. Two of the men did not bail out, one was Lt. Leonard Davenport.
This crash was on the farm of my grandparents in Fisher County, Texas. I grew up on this farm and picked up pieces of the plane as long as I lived there. These two young men have always been on my mind and I have been searching for their families. If anyone is related to Lt. Davenport please leave a message.
New York, USA
Created by: Chester Campbell
Record added: Aug 08, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 56620747
Remembering a Veteran with appreciation and respect on Armistice Day - 2011.|
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Added: Mar. 15, 2011