From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Robert Winters '27

Date of birth: September 30, 1905

Date of death: May 6, 1942

Age: 36

Lucky Bag

From the 1927 Lucky Bag:


Robert was lost on May 6, 1942 when a Patrol Squadron (VP) 13 plane he was a passenger aboard crashed on takeoff from Ford Island, Hawaii.

From the VP-23 War Diary (via naval aviation historian Richard Leonard email on April 8, 2018):

In early May the squadron lost its executive officer, also at the time its acting commanding officer, Lt.Cdr. Robert C. WINTERS. He with six crews was to return to the United States and fly back new PBY-5 planes. Commander WINTERS was killed when the plane in which he was a passenger crashed on take off at Ford Island.

From the VP-13 War Diary, again via Richard Leonard:

When commencing a return fight to San Diego, Cal., about 1620 May 6, 1942, 13-P-5, BuAer #1633 crashed shortly after take off in the eastern end of the dry dock channel at Pearl Harbor, T.H. due to failure of No. 3 engine. The plane sank in 20 feet of water and was subsequently recovered by the Naval Air Station, Pearl Harbor, T.H., and was transferred to the A & R department of that station pending final disposition. A crew of ten and 13 passengers were aboard. Personnel injured as follows:

  • Lt.Comdr. R. C Winters, U.S. Navy - - Drowned
  • Lt.Comdr. J.C. Riggs, U.S. Navy - - Drowned
  • Colonel F.P. Mulchay, U.S.M.C. - - Fracture, left humerus.

Other members of crew and passengers either uninjured or received minor cuts and bruises.

Robert was designated Naval Aviator #3562 in 1929.

His wife was listed as next of kin.

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J. C. Riggs, Jr. '28 was the other passenger lost in this crash.

Class of 1927

Robert is one of 43 members of the Class of 1927 on Virtual Memorial Hall.