From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Joseph Kanevsky '49

Date of birth: May 21, 1927

Date of death: June 13, 1957

Age: 30

Lucky Bag

From the 1949 Lucky Bag:


From the California Tombstone Project:

Pilot Dies In Jet Plane Crash; Navy Lieut. Joseph N. Kanevsky, 30, of Saratoga, was burned to death Thursday afternoon when his FJ4B Fury jet fighter plane stalled as he approached the Crows Landing Naval Auxiliary Field runway.

Kanevsky was assigned to All Weather Fighter Squadron 3 at Moffett Field was practicing carrier landings, utilizing the mirror and lights signal system and had made five approaches prior to crashing into the ground and skidding almost 200 yards in a sheath of flames. The plane caught fire on impact, carrying the burning body of the pilot as it skidded. The first crash crew was at the scene in less than a minute and three other crews arrived in a minute and a half. Lt. Kanevsky was pronounced dead on arrival at Del Puerto Hospital. Lt. Commander R. G. Baker, acting officer in charge of the base, said the cause of the accident is under investigation.

He was survived by his wife, Jeanne Mary, one son, and two daughters. (Information from September 1957 issue of SHIPMATE.)

Distinguished Flying Cross

From Hall of Valor:

(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: Lieutenant, Junior Grade Joseph N. Kanevsky, United States Navy, was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight while serving with Fighter Squadron TWENTY-THREE (VF-23), in action against enemy aggressor forces in Korea on 17 October 1952.

General Orders: All Hands (January 1954)
Action Date: October 17, 1952
Service: Navy
Rank: Lieutenant Junior Grade
Company: Fighter Squadron 23 (VF-23)

Class of 1949

Joseph is one of 40 members of the Class of 1949 on Virtual Memorial Hall.