FRANK A. TROTTER, LT, USN
Frank Trotter '23
Date of birth: unknown
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.
Frank resigned from the Naval Academy on February 13, 1923; perhaps this was after the Lucky Bag publishing deadline?
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").
Clinton Rounds '27 was piloting the other airship.