FRANK A. TROTTER, LT, USN
Frank Trotter '23
Date of birth: February 26, 1901
Date of death: June 8, 1942
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. He is listed as a LTjg in the 1941 Register of Naval Reserve Officers; he was an "A-VS" with a date of rank of December 9, 1936. His "Pay Service as of Jan. 1, 1941" was 9 years, 11 months, 14 days. (Obtained his date of birth from this document.)
Memorial Hall Error
Frank was most likely not in the regular Navy; all evidence suggests he was a reservist on active duty. Memorial Hall has "USN."
Clinton Rounds '27 was piloting the other airship.