CHESTER W. GATES, JR., CDR, USN
Chester Gates, Jr. '43
Date of birth: December 21, 1921
Date of death: July 10, 1956
From the 1943 Lucky Bag:
Chester was lost on July 10, 1956 when his F7U Cutlass went missing on during a flight from Naval Air Station Oceana, Virginia. He was commanding officer of Attack Squadron (VA) 86 (and had been since May 1955). Another aircraft in the flight was also missing; the presumption is that they had a mid-air collision. The other pilot was also lost.
From researcher Kathy Franz:
He was married with two children in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Father was Chester, died 1963, mother was Phebe, died 1995, and brother was Edward.
Chester survived the crash of his F9F-2B Panther in 1951 when he failed to pull out of a practice strafing run and hit a tree.
William Austin '51 was a member of his squadron and was piloting the other plane that was lost.