From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

William Knapp '43

Date of birth: February 27, 1921

Date of death: June 18, 1947

Age: 26

Lucky Bag

From the 1943 Lucky Bag:


William was lost on June 18, 1947, when the "trainer plane" he was piloting collided with another near Saufley Field, Pensacola, Florida. The other pilot was also killed.

He is buried in Texas. He was survived by his wife and two sons (William R., and Robert M.); William R. was a midshipman as of 1966. William's wife was remarried to a classmate of his, Henry J. H. Cooke. (Emailed William R '69 on February 18, 2019.)

(Note: William is not the man with the same name who was the first qualified Navy helicopter pilot.)

Class of 1943

William is one of 84 members of the Class of 1943 on Virtual Memorial Hall.

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