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:


From the November 1972 issue of Shipmate':

LCol. James Boyd McCravy, USAF, was killed in a plane crash near Albuquerque, N.M., on 27 June.

A native of Washington, D. C, he attended Bullis School there and was a 1953 graduate of the Naval Academy. His career included duty as a flight instructor in San Angelo, Tx., and service with the Strategic Air Command. In 1968 he was assigned to the Air Force's "Hurricane Hunters" at Ramey AFB, Puerto Rico. He had recently returned from a one-year tour in Southeast Asia.

Col. McCravy, who earned an MBA degree from George Washington University in 1966, had the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Air Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster.

Among his survivors are his widow, Geraldine, 2402A 24th Loop, Kirtland AFB, NM 87116; a daughter, Mary Elizabeth; two sons, Michael and Eddie; his mother, Mrs. Mary W. McCravy of Washington, D. C; and a sister.

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


James was piloting a WB-57F aircraft out of Kirtland AFB, New Mexico 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.

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 on Virtual Memorial Hall.

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