From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Frank Case, Jr. '38

Date of birth: October 6, 1914

Date of death: February 23, 1942

Age: 27

Lucky Bag

From the 1938 Lucky Bag:


Frank was lost when his F4F-4 Wildcat suffered engine failure in the North Atlantic while operating from USS Wasp (CV 7) on February 23, 1942. He was a member of Fighting Squadron (VF) 71.

His wife was listed as next of kin.

From naval aviation historian Richard Leonard via email on February 9, 2018:

  • NAS Pensacola attached for HTA flight training, 7/29/1940
  • NAS Pensacola designated NA # 7004, 1/2/1941
  • Date of rank LTJG from 1 Jul 1941 USN Register, 6/2/1941
  • VF-71 USS Wasp (CV-7) KIFA take off, BNR, 2/23/1942

Memorial Hall Error?

Frank 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 1938

Frank is one of 71 members of the Class of 1938 on Virtual Memorial Hall.