JAMES R. BOWERS, 2LT, USAF

From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

James Bowers '50

Date of birth: August 23, 1927

Date of death: April 19, 1951

Age: 23

Lucky Bag

From the 1950 Lucky Bag:

Loss

From USNA 1950:

Jim completed basic pilot training at Randolph Air Force Base and was transferred to the 3575th Pilot Training Wing at Vance Air Force Base, Enid, OK. On his final cross country training flight from Enid to Waco, Texas, his plane, a T-28, developed engine trouble and crashed on a farm some twenty miles north of Reese Air Force Base, Lubbock, TX.

An article in the Corsicana Daily Sun (Texas) has some more details. The date of the crash was April 15, 1951. He is buried in Iowa.

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Neil Armstrong, III '50, Silas Hart, Jr. '50, and John Harvey '50 were also a member of the 22nd Company.

Hamilton McDowell, Jr. '50, Wilbur Spradling, Jr. '50, James Wills, Jr. '50, Edward Hotz, Jr. '50, Cedric Peterson, Jr. '50, Lorenzo Daleo '50, George Duncan, Jr. '50, and Christopher Braybrooke '50 were also graduated from pilot training class 51-E, Williams AFB, Arizona, on August 4, 1951. (Sixty-seven Naval Academy graduates completed this class.)


Class of 1950

James is one of 35 members of the Class of 1950 in Memorial Hall.