Memorial Ceremony for WWII Naval Aviator Killed at
Naval Air Station Wildwood in 1945
Cape May Airport, NJ – Naval Air Station (NAS) Wildwood Aviation Museum would like to invite members of the media to a memorial service in memory of Andrew P. Hamilton who was killed at NAS Wildwood (Cape May Airport) March 30, 1945. This event is not open to the public. Members of Mr. Hamilton’s family contacted the museum and helped organize the memorial with help from museum founder Joseph E. Salvatore, MD, museum staff and Airport Operations Manager Thomas Berry.
Members of the Hamilton family will travel from New Castle, KY to attend. Mr. Hamilton’s Brother Robert S. Hamilton Sr. is now 89 and hopes to make the trip along with his son Captain Bob Hamilton, also a pilot. Part of the museum’s mission is to honor and remember the 42 mem who perished at the former Naval Base.
Due to security and limited space, members of the media are asked to RSVP via email by March 27, 2017. Part of the ceremony will take place at the actual crash site on the active side of the airport property followed by an unveiling of a permanent sign on Breakwater Road. Please find attached: photo of Andrew P. Hamilton, Naval Crash Report, and News Clipping.
Tentative schedule: Thursday 3/30/17 10:30am NASW Aviation Museum Café, welcome, lite refreshments; 11:00am bus to crash site & brief ceremony; bus to Breakwater Road, sign unveiling; 11:45 return to Café lunch. Expected to attend: Joseph E. Salvatore, MD, Hamilton Family, representative from Freeholder Morey’s Office, Senator Jeff Van Drew, Assemblyman Bob Andrzejczak, and Assemblyman Bruce Land.
UPDATE: If you have already RSVP’d, thank you! If you haven’t but would like to, please do so by 4pm today Wednesday March 29th. The schedule of events for the day is attached.
Thank you for you time and consideration. We hope to see you all.