From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Frank Trotter '23

Date of birth: unknown

Date of death: June 8, 1942

Age: unknown

Lucky Bag

From the 1923 Lucky Bag:


Frank was one of nine servicemen and three civilians killed on June 8, 1942 when two blimps (G-2 and L-1) collided at night off the New Jersey shore during an exercise to test an experimental photoflash bomb that would be used to illuminate submerged submarines.

He was was piloting G-1.

He earned his wings as naval aviator (lighter than air) #4779 on April 3, 1933; he is listed as an Ensign, USNR.


Frank resigned from the Naval Academy on February 13, 1923; perhaps this was after the Lucky Bag publishing deadline?

He is not listed in the following Register of Naval Officers: 1925, 1930, 1934, 1942, or 1943.

Memorial Hall Error

Frank not appearing in any Register is unusual, and may indicate he was not in active service; the "Lt" he was cited as may have been less than accurate. At the very least, suspect he was USNR and not USN. (Register of Alumni gives "LT, USNR").

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Class of 1923

Frank is one of 25 members of the Class of 1923 in Memorial Hall.