WAGNER, Arthur (1924-1954), was killed on September 23, 1954 when his fighter plane crashed due to engine failure off Santa Catalina Island.
In the News~
September 24, 1954 [LBI]: “Jet crashes off Catalina, kills Marine. A Marine F9F Panther jet fighter plane crashed at sea off Catalina Island Thursday, killing its only occupant, pilot Capt. Arthur Wagner, 30, of Laguna. Identification was made by military authorities, who said the victim was not married. After the crash, believed caused by engine failure, Wagner's body was recovered by a fishing boat.”