MARTIN A. CONNOLLY, 1LT, USAF
Martin Connolly '53
Date of birth: April 19, 1929
Date of death: September 1, 1955
From the 1953 Lucky Bag:
Martin was lost when the C-47 aircraft he was a passenger aboard crashed in Alaska on September 1, 1955; all seven aboard were killed. The plane was flying from Anchorage to Nome.
From researcher Kathy Franz:
A member of the Air Force 5015th Radar Evaluation Squadron, Martin had been working with a crew checking Alaskan radar installations.
Graduating in 1947 from North Catholic High School, his nickname was “Rabbi.” Activities: Senior A, Honor Student 1; Sodality 1, 2, 3; Student Council 3; Aero Cub 1; Minstrel shows 3, 4; Intramurals 2, 3, 4; Pep Club 3, 4; Manager of football team 3, 4. He also attended Villanova College.
Survived by parents Patrick and Mary, and widow Katherine.
He is buried in Pennsylvania.
The wife of one of the passengers — the passenger aboard because he was a contractor to the Air Force — sued the Air Force on the basis that the crash was due entirely to pilot error. The case law has a detailed account of the crash.