WILLIAM R. CECIL, LT, USN

From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

William Cecil '43

Date of birth: August 29, 1921

Date of death: January 5, 1949

Age: 27

Lucky Bag

From the 1943 Lucky Bag:


Loss

From Wikipedia:

As five U.S. Navy Grumman F8F Bearcats make firing runs on a gunnery target sleeve towed by another aircraft, two fighters collide at 7,000 feet and plunge into the Pacific Ocean off San Francisco. Both pilots, Ens. Peter J. McHugh, of Alameda, and Lt. William R. Cecil, of Oakland, are feared lost.


Class of 1943

William is one of 83 members of the Class of 1943 in Memorial Hall.