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.
The dead:
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 around 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.

  • Rank: Private
  • 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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