STANTON H. WOOSTER, LT, USN

From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Stanton Wooster '17

Date of birth: April 1, 1895

Date of death: April 26, 1927

Age: 32

Lucky Bag

From the 1917 Lucky Bag:

The Class of 1917 was the first wartime-accelerated class, graduating on March 29, 1917.

Loss

"LCDR. Noel Davis and Lt. Stanton Hall Wooster, killed in Keystone Pathfinder, American Legion, during a test flight Langley Field, VA 26Apr27"
"LCDR. Noel Davis and Lt. Stanton Hall Wooster, killed in Keystone Pathfinder, American Legion, during a test flight Langley Field, VA 26Apr27"

Stanton was lost on April 26, 1927 when the plane he was piloting crashed in Virginia.

From Find A Grave:

Lieutenant Stanton Hall Wooster and Lieutenant Commander Noel Guy Davis were United States Navy airmen who made an attempt to fly the Atlantic Ocean from New York-to-Paris in the spring of 1927. The men were trying to win the $25,000 dollar Orteig Prize offered by New York hotel owner Raymond Orteig for the first nonstop flight between New York and Paris. Wooster and Davis flew a Keystone Pathfinder plane called American Legion (N-X179). While testing with a heavy load of gas on April 26, 1927 the Pathfinder lost altitude and crashed on its nose in Virginia killing both men. Charles Lindbergh won the prize for his successful flight in the Spirit of St. Louis on May 20-12, 1927.

He is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.

(There are several pictures of the wreckage of their plane.)


Class of 1917

Stanton is one of 8 members of the Class of 1917 in Memorial Hall.