William B Ecker USN (ret.)

The late Captain William B Ecker USN was the commanding officer of US Navy Light Photographic Squadron during the Cuban Missile Crisis. His memoir of the squadron’s photographic missions over Cuba was written in 1986. However, it was never published. It is the only known personally written account of the squadron’s reconnaissance missions. Kenneth V Jack was a photographer’s mate second class during the Cuban Crisis. He led the first carrier testing of the camera and its night-photography capabilities aboard the supercarrier USS Forrestal a few months before the crisis began. In retirement, he developed a website dedicated to VFP-62 (www.vfp62.com). He wrote an article, ‘Supersonic Hooligans Over Cuba’, for the National Naval Aviation Museum’s October 2011 issue of Foundation.

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