LELAND R. STEGEMERTEN, LTJG, USN
Leland Stegemerten '49
Date of birth: December 29, 1925
Date of death: January 28, 1953
From the 1949 Lucky Bag:
From Find A Grave:
LT(jg) Leland Richard Stegemerten, son of Gustave and Hazel Stegemerten. Brother of Lt. Col. Walter W. Stegemerten.
Pilot of Navy Privateer patrol bomber, VP-9 P4Y BUNO: 59937, in route from NAS Alameda, California to NAS Whidbey Island, Washington, on 28 January, 1953. Transporting Captain Julian David Greer and a staff member to a meeting, when the plane hit Black Peak, Cascade Mountain, Washington, at 5000 feet. Crash attributed to bad weather.
The plane was carrying 4 officers and 6 crew members. The wreckage was found on 7 July, 1953 by 4 mountaineers. On 15 July, 1953, a Navy medical team reported finding seven bodies at, Black Peak, where a Navy Privateer went down in January with 10 aboard.
Death record: Leland Richard Stegemerten, died 28 January, 1953, Jump-off Ridge, Black Peak, Cascade Mountains crash of PB4Y aircraft. Active duty Navy. Age 27 years
From VP-9 Mishaps:
On 28 January 1953, four officers and six crewmen, flying in VP-9 P4Y BUNO: 59937, were lost while making an approach to NAS Whidbey Island, Washington. There were no survivors and the wreckage on Black Peak, WA, was not found until snow melted in April. The plane commander was LT(jg) Leland R. Stegmerten and the co-pilot LT(jg) David Jarvis. They were transporting the Commander of FAW-6, CAPT Julian David (Judy) Greer (USNA-1927) and a member of his staff, LT(jg) O.C. Everhart, from NAS Alameda, California to attend a meeting at NAS Whidbey Island, Washington. Crew members were: ADC C.C. Longacre, AT1 T.W. Huffman, AO3 J.A. Kerrigan, AO3 J.L. McDonnell, AD3 H.L. Ziemba and ADAN T.J. Whitehead...