From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

James Willis, Jr. '54

Date of birth: July 25, 1932

Date of death: September 25, 1961

Age: 29

Lucky Bag

From the 1954 Lucky Bag:


Jim was lost when the YAO-1 Mohawk aircraft he was testing crashed on September 25, 1961. (Information from Class of 1954 via email on June 8, 2017.)

From the November 1961 issue of Shipmate:

It is with deep regret that the death of JIM WILLIS is announced. Jim died as a result of an aircraft accident near Chesapeake Bay on 25 Sept. Jim was a test pilot at the Test Center, Patuxent River, Md. He was not only an extremely able and devoted officer whose career was fulfilling the brightest hopes of the Navy, but also he will be remembered by his classmates for his warm, personal friendliness. His loss is felt by all of us, and the heartfelt sympathy of the class is extended to his family.

He is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.


His father, James Willis '27, was killed in action against the Japanese in April 1945.

Class of 1954

James is one of 37 members of the Class of 1954 on Virtual Memorial Hall.

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