J. C. RIGGS, JR., LCDR, USN
J. C. Riggs, Jr. '28
Date of birth: April 26, 1905
Date of death: May 6, 1942
From the 1928 Lucky Bag:
John was lost on May 6, 1942 when the patrol plane he was aboard as a passenger crashed near Pearl Harbor.
From the VP-13 War Diary (via naval aviation historian Richard Leonard email on April 8, 2018):
When commencing a return fight to San Diego, Cal., about 1620 May 6, 1942, 13-P-5, BuAer #1633 crashed shortly after take off in the eastern end of the dry dock channel at Pearl Harbor, T.H. due to failure of No. 3 engine. The plane sank in 20 feet of water and was subsequently recovered by the Naval Air Station, Pearl Harbor, T.H., and was transferred to the A & R department of that station pending final disposition. A crew of ten and 13 passengers were aboard. Personnel injured as follows:
- Lt.Comdr. R. C Winters, U.S. Navy - - Drowned
- Lt.Comdr. J.C. Riggs, U.S. Navy - - Drowned
- Colonel F.P. Mulchay, U.S.M.C. - - Fracture, left humerus.
Other members of crew and passengers either uninjured or received minor cuts and bruises.
He earned his wings as naval aviator #3690 on July 28, 1930 while an Ensign.
Robert Winters '27 was the other passenger lost in this crash.