LEO O. CRANE, LTJG, USN
Leo Crane '31
Date of birth: November 20, 1907
Date of death: March 30, 1938
From the 1931 Lucky Bag:
From Find A Grave:
Leo's first duty after graduation was on the USS Saratoga. In 1933 he went for flying school in Pensacola reviving his wings in 1934. Then going to VO Squadron duty for two years then a year in VF-5 on the USS Lexington. 1n 1937 he shifted to Patrol Squadron four fleet air base, Pearl Harbor. During the annual fleet exercises in the spring of 1938 he was flying a search patrol when his plane crashed in the heavy overcast off Kaena Point Oahu Hawaii on March 30, 1938. He was married to Frances O'Neill the sister of his class mate Eddie O'Neil.
30 March: PBY-1 Catalina, BuNo 0142, of VP-4, crashes and sinks ~200 yards offshore at Kaena Point at ~0405 hrs., while en route to scouting station, operating with Fleet Problem #19. Crash believed to be due to low visibility and darkness. Killed are Lt. (jg) Leo O. Crane, USN, pilot; Aviation Cadet William Howard Lear, USNR; Vernon August Luciana, R.M. 2c, USN; Garland Harold O'Neal, A.C.M.M., USN; and Bluitt Iven Windham, A.O.M. 1c, USN. Injured are Herbert Fred Bartz, A.M.M. 1c, USN; and George Joseph Nilles, R.M. 3c, USN. On 31 March, small seaplane tender USS Avocet salvages the wreckage and recovers the body of a radioman.
Suspect Leoline O. Crane, who was killed in France in 1918 as an Army 1LT, was his father or some other family relation. Both were from Tennessee.