|Birth: ||Sep. 8, 1894|
New York, USA
|Death: ||Oct. 26, 1922|
Lieutenant R. F. Armstrong, USN, was designated Naval Aviator #2957 in 1920. Graduated U.S. Naval Academy in 1917, Class of 1918 (one year early due to the World War).
TWO OFFICERS KILLED IN NAVAL PLANE CRASH
Lieutenants E. L. Ericsson and R. F. Armstrong Fall At Hampton Roads
NORFOLK, Virginia, October 26, 1922 – Lieutenants E. L. Ericsson and R. F. Armstrong were instantly killed this afternoon when a JN-4 training plane fell 800 feet at the Hampton Roads Naval Air Station.
The two naval officers had gone for a test flight. Suddenly their plane dropped almost vertically from a height of 800 feet. The first persons to reach the scene of the accident found both officers dead.
At the Naval Air Station it was said that both officers had been there about eighteen months, most of the time on duty with the torpedo training squadron. An inquiry into the cause of the accident was ordered.
At the Navy Department, Lieutenant Ericsson's home address was given as West Hampton Beach, New York, while Lieutenant Armstrong, who was formerly from New Rochelle, New York, was said to have lately changed his residence to Norfolk.
Note: Internment reportedly also on 26 OCT 1922
Arlington National Cemetery
Plot: Section 3 Site 4637
Created by: Mike Weeks
Record added: Jan 22, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 46982526