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James Wiley '54

Date of birth: August 21, 1932

Date of death: February 22, 1959

Age: 26

Lucky Bag

From the 1954 Lucky Bag:


Jim was lost when his F2H-4 Banshee crashed near NAS Moffett Field, California on February 22, 1959. He was ferrying one of two aircraft in rain and fog.

Other Information

From researcher Kathy Franz:

James graduated from Sullivan High School in 1950. “Sitting on Top of the World.” Student Council 1, 2, 3, 4; School store 2, mgr. 3, 4; Swimming 1, 2; Basketball team 3, 4; Letterman 2, 3, 4; Masque and Gavel.

Appointed to the Naval Academy by Rep. Jonas (R., 13th), James played basketball and intramural football, swam for both varsity and plebe teams, and was manager of the intramural swimming team.

He was survived by his wife and has a memory marker in California.

Crash Site

Photos of the crash site are on Flickr, and a video of a hike to and around the crash site is posted on YouTube.


Believe he was a member of Fighter Squadron (VF) 114 based on this comment that said he was a member of Air Wing 11; VF-114 is the only squadron of CVW-11 that flew the Banshee.

Class of 1954

James is one of 37 members of the Class of 1954 on Virtual Memorial Hall.

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