From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Frank Trotter '23

Date of birth: February 26, 1901

Date of death: June 8, 1942

Age: 41

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. 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."

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Class of 1923

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