HENRY B. CECIL, CDR, USN

From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Henry Cecil '10

Date of birth: February 17, 1888

Date of death: April 4, 1933

Age: 45

Lucky Bag

From the 1910 Lucky Bag:

Loss

Henry was lost when the airship USS Akron (ZRS 4) crashed off the coast of New Jersey on April 4, 1933. He was aboard as the Flight Division Head of Bureau of Aeronautics. He was naval aviator #42.

Henry was survived by his wife and several siblings.

Akron's executive officer, LCDR Herbert V. Wiley '15, one of only three survivors, was filmed shortly after the crash:

Namesake

Naval Air Station Cecil Field was named for him.

Related Articles

William Moffett '90, Fred Berry '08, Frank McCord '11, Harold Maclellan '18, Joseph Severyns '20, George Calnan '20, Richard Cross, Jr. '21, Herbert Wescoat '23, Robert Sayre '24, Charles Callaway '24, Hammond Dugan '24, Charles Miller '25, Morgan Redfield '26, Wilfred Bushnell '26, and Cyrus Clendening '27 were also lost when USS Akron (ZRS 4) crashed into the sea off San Francisco on April 4, 1933.


Class of 1910

Henry is one of 15 members of the Class of 1910 in Memorial Hall.