JAMES B. MCCRAVY, JR., LTCOL, USAF

From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

James McCravy, Jr. '53

Date of birth: June 21, 1931

Date of death: June 27, 1972

Age: 41

Lucky Bag

From the 1953 Lucky Bag:


Loss

James was piloting a WB-57F aircraft out of Kirtland AFB, New Mexico, on June 27, 1972 when the "aircraft entered a Mach tuck, pitching the nose downward. The circumstance was exacerbated by wing flutter from the airflow over the wings, and the high-altitude aircraft came apart at 50,000 feet over the Manzano Mountains south of Albuquerque." His co-pilot was also lost.

The original investigation report said the manufacturer needed to provide more technical information, but the ultimate decision was that pilot error was the cause.

He is buried in Texas; he was survived by his wife, Geraldine, and their children Eddie, Mike, and Mary.

Distinguished Flying Cross

The Brownwood (Texas) Bulletin reported on January 23, 1972 that James was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for action in Vietnam as aircraft commander of a EB-66 Destroyer reconnaissance aircraft.


Class of 1953

James is one of 62 members of the Class of 1953 in Memorial Hall.