From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

James McDonough '24

Date of birth: January 14, 1904

Date of death: July 25, 1938

Age: 34

Lucky Bag

From the 1924 Lucky Bag:


James was lost when his torpedo bomber crashed on July 25, 1938, near Norfolk, Virginia. He was a member of Torpedo Squadron (VT) 5, operating from USS Yorktown (CV 5). Two other members of the squadron, William Drumtra '34 and Aviation Cadet John R. Patch, were also killed.

(Information via Press and Sun Bulletin on Monday, July 25, 1938; scan emailed on February 10, 2018 by a researcher providing information on Bill Drumtra.)

From the newspaper report above: "A toy tricycle was found in the wreckage which McDonough was apparently bringing home to his child." He was also survived by his father, who was the Works Progress Administration head for Massachusetts.

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William Drumtra '34 was also lost in this crash.

Class of 1924

James is one of 41 members of the Class of 1924 on Virtual Memorial Hall.