From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Joseph Loughlin, Jr. '32

Date of birth: April 23, 1909

Date of death: April 6, 1937

Age: 27

Lucky Bag

From the 1932 Lucky Bag:


From Naval Heritage and History Command:

Two SBU-1 planes collided and crashed into the Pacific during flight operations, killing Lt (jg). Ludwell R. Pickett, Lt (jg). Joseph J. Loughlin, Aviation Machinist's Mate 1 class John J. Carney and Aviation Chief Machinist's Mate Harry M. Bradley. 6 April 1937.

The aircraft and crews were part of Bombing Squadron (VB) 3B, embarked in USS Lexington (CV 2) operating off the coast of San Diego.

Unable to find a burial site or location of a memory marker. Suspect that Joseph Sr. was killed in action in France days before WWI ended. (He entered the service from Wilmington, NC, which is mentioned in the first line of Joseph Jr.'s Lucky Bag biography.)


Joseph began his career as an officer aboard USS Indianapolis (CA 35); he was reported there in the 1933, 1934, and 1935 Navy Directories as an Ensign. In the 1936 Navy Directory he is listed as a LTjg under instruction at NAS Pensacola, Florida. He earned his wings as naval aviator #4240 on May 26, 1936.

In the 1937 Navy Directory he is listed as a member of Bombing Squadron (VB) 3B, embarked in USS Lexington (CV 2).

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Ludwell Pickett, Jr. '33 was piloting the other aircraft involved in the collision.

Class of 1932

Joseph is one of 52 members of the Class of 1932 on Virtual Memorial Hall.