Jacksonville, FL (near) Navy Plane Crash, Nov 1961


Jacksonville, Fla. (AP) -- A Navy search plane spotted the wreckage of a Navy plane from New Orleans Monday and ground crews found the bodies of all four fliers who were aboard.
The twin-engine S2F anti-submarine craft disappeared during a thunderstorm Sunday night on a flight from Jacksonville Naval Air Station to the Homestead NAS.
Its wreckage was in a wooded area about 50 miles south of Jacksonville. It was from a Navy Reserve squadron assigned to active duty Oct. 1 at Alvin Callender Field, near New Orleans.
Authorities identified the four Louisiana men aboard as:
Lt. Cmdr. PAUL MAESTRI, JR., Chalmette, pilot.
Lt. MARVIN J. ZERINGE, near Thibodaux, co-pilot.
Aviation Machinist Mate 2C R. J. MILLET, Destrehan, crewman.
Aviation Ordnanceman 3C J. B. ROTTMAN, New Orleans.
The pilot of another plane in the flight said MAESTRI radioed that he ran into a severe thunderstorm near St. Augustine and was turning to clear the rough weather, then there was no further contact.

Lake Charles American Press Louisiana 1961-11-07