Pocasset, MA – August 13, 1945

Pocasset, Massachusetts – August 13, 1945 

     On August 13, 1945, Ensign William Orlando Young Jr., 22, was piloting a scout plane from Otis Air Field in Falmouth as part of his training for assignment to the navy’s newest aircraft carrier, the U.S.S. Midway.  When overdue for his return to base, he was reported missing, and a search utilizing aircraft from Otis and Quonset Point, R.I. began.  His body and his wrecked plane were found the following day in Pocasset, Mass. 

     Ensign Young’s body was brought to Quonset Naval Air Station in North Kingstown, Rhode Island, before being sent to Gathersburg, Maryland for burial.  He was survived by his wife Hazel.  

     Sources:

     Falmouth Enterprise, “Pilot From Otis Killed In Crash” August 17, 1945   

     North Kingstown, Rhode Island, death records #45-77

 

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