CHARLES E. ANDREWS, III, LCDR, USN
Charles Andrews, III '52
Date of birth: May 6, 1929
Date of death: December 28, 1962
From the 1952 Lucky Bag:
From an email from Jerrold "Zack" Zacharias on May 4, 2017:
I was on USS Forrestal when we lost two of our classmates in aircraft accidents. I was the Air Wing-8 Operations Officer and also the Air Wing-8 Landing Signal Officer (LSO). Accordingly, I was on the LSO platform assisting the A-3 squadron Landing Signal Officer who was waving the A-3 aboard Forrestal.
Charlie Andrews was flying an A-3D "Sky Warrior", the largest plane to come aboard a carrier. Charlie was trying to make a night landing on a slight pitching deck. After three unsuccessful passes, The ship BINGO'ed /diverted him to a field ashore in Algero, Sardinia. The field had been alerted as the standby field in case we had to divert planes ashore. However, someone forgot to tell the field to turn ON the field landing lights. Charlie never found the field, ran the aircraft out of fuel and the airplane apparently crashed in the sea and they lost a crew of three. Why they did not bail over land I do not know. Maybe Charlie was afraid that the crash might hurt someone in Sardinia.