WILLIAM NORTH STURTEVANT, JR
Ensign, U.S. Naval Reserve (Aviation)
WILLIAM STURTEVANT was one of the men of the Class of 1945W who left college
early to enter the armed forces.
He had prepared for Yale at the Choate School and was a pitcher on the Yale
freshman baseball team.
Sturtevant enlisted in the Naval Air Corps on January 19, 1943, and was called
to active duty as a naval aviation cadet on May 15.
He received groundschool training at the University of Virginia and Rensselaer
Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York.
Sturtevant went to a preflight school at Chapel Hill, North Carolina,
and received intermediate training at the Naval Air Station in Peru, Indiana.
He underwent advanced training at Pensacola, Florida, and was graduated on
December 8, 1944,
receiving his commission as an ensign and wings as a pilot.
Sturtevant continued operational training at the Naval Air Station, Cecil
Field, Florida, beginning in January, 1945.
He was killed on March 25, 1945, at Jacksonville, Florida, while piloting a
dive bomber on combat maneuvers.
His plane went into a dive on a practice run and failed to pull out.
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William North was the nephew of
Albert Dillon Sturtevant
the First World War aviator.