From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Edmund Bevan '43

Date of birth: November 12, 1920

Date of death: September 17, 1943

Age: 22

Lucky Bag

From the 1943 Lucky Bag:


From The Bakersfield Californian on September 18, 1943:

Minter Field Cadet Is Killed in Crash
Minter Field's highest ranking cadet. Edmund E. Bevan, 22, of Trenton. N. J., was killed instantly last night at 10 o'clock when his plane crashed and burst into flames 30 miles east of Poso field. Coroner N. C. Uouze reported today. The young cadet was wing commander and an outstanding member of his squadron. He is survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas D. Bevan of Trenton. The body is pending the at Greenlawn Chapel coroner's inquest.

From the March 1944 issue of Shipmate: "EDMUND EUGENE BEVAN, '43, Air Cadet. Death resulted in an airplane accident during his Army Air Corps training at Minter's Field, Bakersfield, Calif. "

He had joined the Army on December 30, 1942; he was piloting a BT-13A training aircraft.


From The Bakersfield Californian on September 29, 1943:

The award for the best military appearance and bearing was given posthumously to Aviation Cadet Edmund E. Bevan of Trenton, N. J., who lost his life in a training accident. Cadet Bevan held the rank of aviation cadet colonel and was wing commander. Aviation Cadet George F. Burroughs of Philadelphia received the award on behalf of Cadet Bevan and it was sent to his family.

Memorial Hall Error

Edmund is not listed with his classmates. He was identified through the diligent efforts of Leslie Poche, a volunteer who combed through Shipmate issues to find operational losses not accounted for in Memorial Hall. One of those mentions is the March 1944 issue.

Class of 1943

Edmund is one of 83 members of the Class of 1943 on Virtual Memorial Hall.