From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

John Davis '63

Date of birth: July 5, 1939

Date of death: August 21, 1972

Age: 33

Lucky Bag

From the 1963 Lucky Bag:


John was lost in an air collision over the North Sea on August 21, 1972. He is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.


From the December 1972 issue of Shipmate:

CapL John S. Davis, USAF, was killed in a mid-air collision of two F-4 Phantom jets over the North Sea near Lowestoft, England on 21 August. Funeral services were held at the AH Saints Episcopal Church in Washington, D.C. on 1 September. Interment was in Arlington National Cemetery.

Born in Washington, DC, he was a 1963 graduate of the Naval Academy. He entered the Air Force upon graduation and was assigned to the A ir Force Institute of Technology, Wright-Patterson AFB, and then Stanford U. for graduate work. He received his MS degree in 1964.

Capt. Davis flew 100 combat missions over North Vietnam during 1967 and 1968 in an RF- 4C Phantom. He flew over heavily defended sections in order to photograph the bombing results of the tactical strike forces and to obtain pre-strike photos of proposed targets. Approximately one-third of his missions were flown unescorted at night.

In 1969 he attended the Air University's Squadron Officer School at Maxwell AFB, Ala. At the time of his death he was stationed with the Royal Air Force at Bentwaters, England.

He was a Life Member of the Alumni Association.

Surviving are his widow, Ann Louise, 4023 Oliver St., Chevy Chase, MD 20015; and two sons, John and William. The famdy has requested that expressions of sympathy be made in the form of contributions to the Naval Academy Alumni Association.


John was married June 7, 1963 to Anne Humphrey at Chevy Chase, Maryland.

Class of 1963

John is one of 29 members of the Class of 1963 on Virtual Memorial Hall.