Panama City News-Herald (Florida) 16 April 1943
Eleven Army Fliers killed. Plane crashes and bursts into flames
Fort Meyers, Fla. Apr. 16 – Eleven Army fliers were killed instantly late yesterday when a twin-enginer advanced training plane crashed at Buckingham Field near here, public relations announced today. The plane was returning to the field after a routine gunnery mission over te range just off Fort Myers beach. It crashed and burst into flames only a few hundred feet from a plane parking area.
All of the bodies were recovered soon after the accident and taken to the post hospital for identification. Cause of the accident was not determined immediately.
Second Lt. Iv N. Garner, 25, pilot, Little Rock, Ark
Staff Sgt. Herman L. Eversle, 23, crew chief, Wytheville, Va.
Pvt. Raymond W. Brande, 27, armament man, Washington D.C.
Pvt. Robert M. Clarkson, 20, armament man, Louisville, Ky.
Pvt Edward S. Gajzik, 26, gunnery student, Dickson City, Pa.
Pfc. Robert Lee Lemper, 20, armament man, Cincinnat, O.
Pvt. Jack W. Naugher, 18, radio operator, Knoxville, Tenn.
Pvt. Edmon W. Presley, 21, gunnery student, Candler, N.C.
Pvt. Jack M. Qualis, 25, gunnery student, Galena, Kas.
Pvt. George Rabey, 25, gunnery student, Bingham, N.Y.
Pvt. Chester I. Serotta, 20, gunnery student, New York City
Jack Naugher was born in 1924 in Tennessee. He attended Rule High School in Knoxville, TN and enlisted with the Air Corps on 19 October 1942 at Camp Forrest, TN.
The Knoxville News-Sentinel, April 16, 1943
Mr. and Mrs. Carl Naugher, of 2204 Western Avenue, today had word of the death of their son, Pvt. Jack William Naugher, 18, in an airplane crash at Buckingham Field, Fort Myers, Fla. Pvt. Naugher graduated form Rule High School last June and entered the Army last October. He had finished training as a radio operator in a bomber, and on his request, was about to begin training as an aviation cadet pilot. Papers regarding his transfer as an aviation cadet had been sent just a day or so ago to his parents, and were on the way back to Fort Myers when word came last night of his death, sometime yesterday. No details of the crash were given to the parents. The body is being returned to Knoxville. Pvt. Naugher was home on a 12-day furlough just three weeks ago. He was a News-Sentinel carrier before entering the Army last fall. His grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. William Hinton, of Ball Camp Pike, have 13 other grandchildren in the armed services.
Also surviving besides the parents, are a sister, Miss Dorothy Naughter; and grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. A.J. Naugher, of Old Clinton Pike.
- Rank: Private
- Date of birth: 13 August 1924
- Date of death: 15 April 1943
- County: Knox
- Hometown: Knoxville
- Service Branch: Army/Army Air Forces
- Conflict: World War II
- Burial/Memorial Location: New Gray Cemetery, Knoxville, Tennessee
- Location In Memorial: Pillar XV, Top Panel
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