670th BS Patch

416th Bombardment Group (L)

2Lt. Norris Brydia ("Cub") Haney

Pilot,  O-764986

Killed In Training - Aug 25, 1944

670th Bombardment Squadron (L)


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      Born: 1917, Ada, Pontotoc County, Oklahoma

Entered Military Service: Date: 10-Sep-1942 At: Hatbox Field, Muskogee, OK From: Pontotoc County, Oklahoma

Buried: Cambridge American Cemetery, Cambridge, United Kingdom, Plot E Row 3 Grave 119

On-line Memorials:
National World War II Registry
American Battle Monuments Commission Memorial, Certificate
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'Cub' Haney War Victim

Young Ada Bomber Pilot Killed in Plane Crash In England August 25

Mrs. Norris B. Haney, Nineteenth and Townsend, received a telegram from the secretary of war Saturday, announcing that her husband, Second Lt. Norris B. Haney, was killed in an airplane crash in England August 25.

No details were given and it is not known whether he was returning from a bombing mission or taking off for one.

Was 27 Years Old

"Cub." as he was generally known by most of the people of Ada, was the son of Mrs. J. A. Walker. His father, N. B. Haney, died 18 years ago. He was 27 years old.

The brilliant young Ada flyer completed a C. P. T. course at Muskogee before going into the army. When he entered the service, he was stationed at San Ana and Hemet, Calif., and the at Charlotte, N. C. About six weeks ago he went to England, carrying his own crew and piloting his own bomber.

Had Begun Law Practice

He was a graduate of Ada high school, the New Mexico Military Institute at Roswell and the University of Oklahoma law school. He had entered into the practive of law in Ada before he cut his career short to join the flying forces.

In addition to his wife and mother, he is survived by one daughter, Terry, three years old, and several brothers and sisters.

"Cub" was a most likeable young man and popular with all the folk in Ada. He was a star athlete, starring in polo while in school, and was a clever boxer.

Extracted from Newspapers.com

Nature of Accident: Collision in full flight with objects other than aircraft.

Cause of Accident: Pilot error - error in judgement.

Two training accidents which marred our records for the month resulted in the death of two of our newer Pilots. On the 25th, a four-ship training flight took off, led by Lt. Ostrander. Flying #3 position was Second Lieutenant Norris B. Haney. Flying over Beatty Hall, a distance from this Base, the formation descended to low altitude and went into an echelon to the right. Lt. Haney seemed to break out of the formation and went down to minimum altitude. His plane struck a telephone pole which tore off the left horizontal stabilizer. The airplane slow rolled into the ground killing Lt. Haney. ... Both Lt. Haney and Lt. Smith were interred in the Cambridge American Military Cemetery, Cambridge, England.
(416th BG History 1944)

See also AAR 45-8-25-535

Photos and Documents
1920 US Census
1930 US Census
1940 US Census
1940 US Census
Marriage Record
The Ada Weekly News, 14 Sep 1944, Thu, Page 8
Headstone Inscription and Interment Record
Headstone Memorial
Rosters Of WW II Dead
WW II Army and Army Air Force Casualty List
National World War II Memorial Registry
National World War II Memorial Registry
American Battle Monuments Commission Certificate

Source information can be viewed at WWII Military Service Fatalities Sources

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