Alan Montgomery Gunn
Lieutenant (jg), United States Navy
a contemporary press report: April 26, 1956
Planes and helicopters from four coastal stations searched yesterday for a Washington Panther jet pilot missing from Chincoteague Naval Air Station since 9:45 a.m. Tuesday. Pilot of the plane was Lieutenant (jg) Alan Montgomery Gunn, 24, son of Colonel Damon Mott Gun (Retired) of 4418 Lowell Street, N.W.
Lieutenant Gunn is a Yale University graduate and unmarried. He was commissioned in June 1954.
said that though the jet was headed for Kill Devil Hill, North Carolina,
it was believed to have gone down in the ocean off Chincoteague shortly
after take-off.The pilot was flying on instruments in a tracking operation
with the U.S.S. Macon, a cruiser. He was supposed to report back to the
base as soon as he gained altitude over the water. He never did so. The
plane carried fuel for 2 hours and 30 minutes.
reward was offered yesterday by the father of a Washington jet pilot missing
since Tuesday in a flight from Chincoteague Naval Air Station, Virginia.
Colonel Damon Gunn (Retired) of 4418 Lowell Street, N.W., father of pilot
Lieutenant (jg) Alan Montgomery Gunn, 24, asked persons having concrete
information to contact the air station before 6:30 p.m. Saturday. Thirty-four
planes were hampered by rainy weather in their search yesterday between
Elizabeth City, Richmond and Washington. After the reward was posted. a
report of a crash near the station on Tuesday was reported.
A service for Lieutenant (jg) Alan Montgomery Gunn, 24, who disappeared a month ago while on a test flight will be held in the Bethelem Chapel of Washington Cathedral at 3 p.m. Thursday.
Gunn, who was commissioned in 1954 after his graduation from Yale University,
was assigned to the Chincoteague, Virginia, Naval Air Station. He has been
missing since leaving the station April 24 on an instrument flight. Lieutenant
Gunn attended Sidwell Friends School here. Surviving are his parents, Colonel
and Mrs. Damon M. Gunn, United States Army (Retired), 4418 Lowell Street,
N.W., and a brother, Robert M. Gunn, Chicago.
Photo By Michael Robert Patterson, 1999
Updated: 31 May 2001 Updated: 5 January 2002 Updated: 15 February 2003 Updated: 31 August 2003 Updated: 13 December 2005
Photo By M. R. Patterson, 28 June 2003