Avalon, CA Navy Radar Plane Crash, Feb 1969

FIVE FLIERS FOUND DEAD ON CATALINA ISLAND -- SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA.

Avalon (AP) -- Bodies of five Navy fliers were found in the wreckage of their sub-hunter plane Tuesday on the slopes of a mountain on the west end of Santa Catalina Island.
Their twin-engine radar plane apparently crashed shortly after taking off from the aircraft carrier Kearsarge on what was to be a routine 45-minute flight to San Diego.
The crash was the second of a sub-hunter plane in Southern California in a week. Seven Navy reservists were killed last week when their plane hit a mountain near El Toro.
Killed in Tuesday's crash were:
LT. BILLY W. RAY, 28, New Orleans, the pilot.
LT. MELVIN D. BREWER, 28, and LT. (j.g.) FRANCIS HORAHAN, 25, both of Coronada, and LT. (j.g.) EDWARD KARALDSEN, 27, and LT. (j.g.) LARRY W. GARRISON, 25, both of Imperial Ranch.

The Press Courier Oxnard California 1969-02-19