From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Oswald Zink '38

Date of birth: November 25, 1914

Date of death: December 13, 1941

Age: 27

Lucky Bag

From the 1938 Lucky Bag:


Oswald was lost on December 13, 1941 when his Curtiss SON-1 Seagull scout plane, operating from USS Cincinnati (CL 6) crashed in the vicinity of St. Lucia.

From naval aviation historian Richard Leonard via email on February 9, 2018:

  • Designated Naval Aviator # 7466, 4/21/1941
  • Date of rank LTJG from 1 Jul 1941 USN Register, 6/2/1941
  • VCS-2 USS Cincinnati (CL-6) KIFA BNR, 12/13/1941

Unable to determine for sure, but believe it likely that he was lost on an operational (non-training) flight; Cincinnati was actively patrolling throughout this period.

Class of 1938

Oswald is one of 69 members of the Class of 1938 in Memorial Hall.