From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Walther Langloh '52

Date of birth: March 22, 1928

Date of death: September 24, 1957

Age: 29

Lucky Bag

From the 1952 Lucky Bag:


From Arlington Cemetery:

On September 24, 1957, the Essex with VS-36, along with the USS Intrepid, USS Forestall were participating with NATO forces in operation 'Strike Back' with the USS Saratoga serving as flagship. Operation Strike Back was taking place above the Arctic Circle, off the coast of Norway.

In the early hours of that date the Saratoga was recovering aircraft when one of their F4D Skyray in the landing pattern crashed into the sea. The airborne Saratoga aircraft were joined by aircraft from the other vessels in search and rescue effort. S2F-2 aircraft with a crew of four from the VS-36 Squadron aboard the Essex joined in the search. Two of the S2F's collided in mid-air and crashed into the sea. An extensive search for the missing ensued. Press releases reported that 11 airmen were feared missing. … The bodies recovered from the S2F crash site could not be identified so the policy for a group burial was followed.

He is buried in Arlington National Cemetery with his crew.


He was survived by at least two sisters, Lois & Lucy.

Class of 1952

Walther is one of 50 members of the Class of 1952 on Virtual Memorial Hall.