From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Edward Worthington '34

Date of birth: March 14, 1912

Date of death: January 31, 1942

Age: 29

Lucky Bag

From the 1934 Lucky Bag:


Edward was lost when his scout plane went missing January 31, 1942. Unable to find details, but USS Louisville (CA 28), to which he was assigned as a scout pilot, "lost one of her planes" on this date. The March 1942 edition of Shipmate reported he was "killed while on patrol duty."

(There is no overseas aircraft loss listed on this date, though.) He is not listed on the killed in action panel at the front of Memorial Hall.

His father, H. Linn Worthington, was listed as next of kin. He was also survived by his siblings, Mrs. A.J. Ford, Mrs. B.G. Kilmer, and a younger brother, Henry M. Worthington.


He began his career aboard USS Lexington (CV 2); he is listed in the 1935 Navy Directory as a member of that ship's wardroom. In the 1936 Navy Directory he is aboard USS Fox (DD 234); in the 1937 Navy Directory he is aboard USS Wyoming (BB 32).

On May 13, 1938 he became naval aviator #5622 as a LTjg; later that year he was listed in the 1938 Navy Directory as a member of Fighting Squadron (VF) 5 aboard USS Yorktown (CV 5). In the 1939 Navy Directory he is still aboard Yorktown but has moved to Scouting Squadron (VS) 5.

In the 1940 Navy Directory he is listed with Cruiser Scouting Squadron (VCS) 5 aboard USS Louisville (CA 28).

In 1941 he was promoted to LT; the Navy Directory for that year lists him as still aboard Louisville but that the squadron designation has changed to Cruiser Scouting Squadron (VCS) 4.

Memorial Hall Error?

Edward is not listed on the killed in action panel in the front of Memorial Hall. While not an obvious error, inclusion on the panel for crashes like this—which appears to be incidental to a combat flight—has been inconsistent across WWII, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War.

Class of 1934

Edward is one of 41 members of the Class of 1934 on Virtual Memorial Hall.