BEVERLEY RANDOLPH, LCDR, USN
Beverley Randolph '45
Date of birth: January 20, 1923
Date of death: April 4, 1958
From the 1945 Lucky Bag:
From the May 1958 issue of SHIPMATE:
The tragic news is that Classmate BEVERLEY RANDOLPH was killed in an aircraft accident, flying out of Patuxent Naval Air Station. He is survived by his wife, Beverly, a son, Keith, and a daughter, Anne.
About five minutes before the crash, Bev reported to the control tower and requested landing instructions. About two minutes later he reported in a very calm voice that he had an "indication" of fire in the afterburner section of the airplane. The tower cleared him to land on runway 6 and asked his position. Bev reported that he was 4 miles East and the tower offered runway 31 if desired. Bev said he would try to get in on runway 6. The first indication that anyone had of real trouble came about a minute later when Bev reported that he was going to be short.
From the investigation we have found that there was no actual fire and that the engine had been secured. We are convinced that Bev felt that he could make the field in a "flameout" (no power) landing. By the time he realized he could not make the runway he was over a housing area. He was high enough to eject at this point but he elected to ride the plane into the trees rather than endanger the people below
The date of the accident was April 4, 1958; he was piloting a Grumman F-11. Beverley is buried in Virginia.
Randolph received his "wings of gold" as a Naval Aviator in 1947. He attended the United States Naval Test Pilot School at the Naval Air Test Center, NAS Patuxent River, Maryland
He flew 23 combat missions in the Korean War with Fighter Squadron (VF) 154.
Memorial Hall Error
Beverley is not listed with his classmates for some reason. His headstone indicates he was a Lieutenant Commander, US Navy; the Register of Commissioned and Warrant Officers of the United States Navy and Marine Corps of 1958 holds him as an active duty officer. His omission was discovered via the May 1958 issue of SHIPMATE.