New Brunswick native Lt. William Thomas Barry Troy is believed to have been killed in a plane crash off the coast of Florida in 1958.
The 29-year-old Chatham, N.B., pilot, known to loved ones as Barry, took off from an aircraft carrier off the coast of Florida in a F2H-3 Banshee jet on Feb. 25, 1958, bound for the naval air station in Mayport, Florida.
But Lt. Troy never arrived at his destination. He was presumed killed in a plane crash, but neither his body nor the plane wreckage were ever found ,just his pilot’s helmet and a wheel from the fighter jet.
Now, 59 years later, his family has some measure of closure about Barry’s death.
Last month, on the heels of Hurricanes Irma, park ranger Zack Johnson came across a pile of debris washed ashore on Florida’s Hanna Park.The findings include parachute rigging, some metal pieces and a parachute harness with the words “Lt. (P) Troy” inscribed on it.
Zack suspects it had been buried for decades under the sand dunes and brought to the surface during the latest hurricane season.