Puente, CA Airplane Crash, July 1947


Puente, Calif. -- C. W. DUFFEY, and KENNETH D. SEVERIN, 18, both of El Monte, were killed early Wednesday morning in the crash of a two-passenger basic training plane in a walnut grove southeast of Puente.
William Crippen, Covina ambulance driver, who was first man on the scene after receiving the call at 8:15 a.m., said the plane evidently crashed at high speed as part of its motor had traveled 600 feet beyond the point of impact.
The gasoline tank was also thrown clear of the wreckage, which perhaps explains why the plane did not catch fire, he said.
S. A. Arramouspe, owner of the grove near the corner of Fifth avenue and Anaheim-Puente road, witnessed the crash.
The plane had left Skyranch airport, a half mile distant taking off in a ceiling zero fog, according to Howard Riley, airport manager.
Mr. Crippen, who met DUFFEY'S widow while on a call to the airport later in the day, said she told him that the two men were en route to Palm Springs to install cabinet work in a housing project there. DUFFEY operated a cabinet shop at 919 Peck Road, El Monte.
MRS. DUFFEY said she drove them to the airport early that morning and left, after obtaining their promise not to go up until the weather cleared.
Besides his widow, DUFFEY leaves three sons, Robert, 12; Richard, 11, and Jimmy, 6; and a brother, Fred, manager of Montebello airport.

Covina Argus Citizen California 1947-07-18