Merlin Davey

Roland K. Davey, son of Mr. and Mrs. E. C. Davey, Route 4, Chippewa Falls, received silver wings and was commissioned Second Lieutenant at graduation exercises held at the post theater at Selman Field, Monroe, LA on September 4.  Lieutenant Davey is an Aerial Navigator.

After entering the service on January 27, 1943, Lieutenant Davey received his basic training at Miami Beach, FL. He received his college training at the University of Florida at Gainesville and was classified at San Antonio, TX. He received further training at Garden City, KS, prior to reporting to Selman Field for navigation training.

A brother, Private Merlin Davey, is in the Signal Corps at Camp Crowder, MO.

Lieutenant Davey, who is spending a 12-day leave her, will report to Fresno, California on September 21.

Lt. R. K. Davey Dies of Plane Crash Injuries; Victim of Bomber Mishap at March Field
Lieutenant Roland Keith Davey, 22, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ed. C. Davey, Chippewa Falls, Route 4, died at March Field, California, Friday night, November 24, from injuries suffered in a plane crash at that field on November 15.

Lieutenant Davey was fatally injured when the four-engine bomber, on which he was navigator, developed engine trouble and crashed in landing. All other members of the crew escaped with minor bruises, but Lieutenant Davey was pinned in the wreckage and suffered internal injuries. 

Lieutenant Davey was born on August 31, 1922. He was graduated from Eau Claire High School in June 1940. Upon completion of high school, he went to Beloit, where he received his university freshman year through the extension course at the Beloit Vocational School. He was enrolled as an Apprentice Machinist at Fairbanks Morse & Company, until his enlistment in the Air Forces on January 27, 1943.

He received his commission as Second Lieutenant on September 4, 1944 at Selman Field, LA. Since that time, he had been stationed on the West Coast in preparation for foreign duty. 

Besides his parents, he is survived by five sisters, Mrs. Harold A. Sosted, Beloit; Mrs. Sid J. Harmer and Mrs. Jack Peterson, both of Duluth; Mrs. Owen Gangstead, St. Paul; Mrs. Milford Mattison, Minneapolis; and two brothers, Technician Fifth Grade Merlin, at Camp Crowder, MO and Richard, at home. In addition to the above, he is survived by his grandmother, Mrs. Margaret Anderson, Elk Creek, and a number of other close relatives. 

The body will be brought to Eau Claire and funeral arrangements  will be announced later.