From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Wayne McCord '48

Date of birth: November 8, 1926

Date of death: March 18, 1963

Age: 36

Lucky Bag

From the 1948 Lucky Bag:


From The Enterprise (Lexington Park, MD) on March 21, 1963:

A Naval Air Test Center test pilot was stili missing Wednesday following the crash of his Grumman A6A "Intruder" aircraft in about 30 feet of water off the northwestern tip of Smith Island in Chesapeake Bay Monday afternoon.

Although rescue operations were started immediately after the plane was discovered Monday, no trace of the pilot has been found. The Navy had crash and diving boats and a floating crane at the scene in an attempt to pull the plane from the muddy bottom.

The pilot was identified as Lt. Cdr. Wayne S. McCord, 6, of Auburn, Washington. Cdr. McCord lived with his wife and their three children at 311 MirField Lane, Lexington Park.

A Navy spokesman said the plane took off from the Test Center at 10:55 a.m. Monday on a two hour routine test flight. When the plane failed to return within the allotted time, Naval Air Station search-and-rescue Aircraft began an extensive search of the area where the plane was working.

Wayne was lost on March 18, 1963 when his A-6A crashed during flight testing. There were no other crew aboard; he was flying from Patuxent River Naval Air Station. He is buried at Arlington National Cemetery.


Wayne graduated the Naval War College on June 14, 1961.

Class of 1948

Wayne is one of 46 members of the Class of 1948 in Memorial Hall.