From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

James Crowther '35

Date of birth: December 10, 1911

Date of death: December 23, 1940

Age: 29

Lucky Bag

From the 1935 Lucky Bag:


James was lost on December 23, 1940 when the Navy bomber he was aboard crashed near Havana, Cuba.

From the March 9, 1941 edition of Pensacola News Journal:

ANOTHER ARRIVAL of special interest is Mrs. James W. Crowther (Anna Lucia Rangel), who has returned to Pensacola, after visiting Mrs. R. W. Crowther in Longmeadow, Mass.

THE DEATH OF First Lieutenant James W. Crowther came as a great shock to Pensacola. His bride learned of his death from the Navy department on Christmas-Eve. He was killed in a plane crash while a passenger from Havana to Guantanamo. The pilot also was killed.

HE AND LUCIA were married last fall in Norfolk at the home of Captain and Mrs. Guy M. Morrow, and she was their guest en route to Pensacola. She is the guest now of her mother, Mrs. Frank Marston.

LIEUT. CROWTHER crashed several days before Christmas, but the news did not reach Lucia until Christmas Eve. He was buried January 3rd at the family burying ground in Worcester, Mas. Lucia remained with his mother for a long visit and is now in Pensacola to make her home, because this city is dear to her and because the New England climate is too severe for this girl of the far South, who made her home for so many years at Caracaibo, Venezuela, South America.

He was also survived by his mother.


He was listed as "under instruction" at NAS Pensacola in the October 1, 1939 Navy Directory. James earned his wings as naval aviator #6379 on May 10, 1940. In the 1940 Navy Directory he was listed as a member of the 1st Marine Aircraft Group at the Marine Barracks, Quantico, Virginia.

Class of 1935

James is one of 56 members of the Class of 1935 on Virtual Memorial Hall.