Major Julius T. Flock
Pilot & Squadron Commander
10th Air Force / 7th Bombardment Group / 9th Bombardment Squadron
Named 9th Bomb Squadron Commanding Officer, March 1941
(Image Courtesy of West Point Association of Graduates)
Excerpt from "Death In Yellowstone", by Lee H. Whittlesey -
Major Flock drowned in West Thumb Bay, Yellowstone Lake on 23 Jul 41, after an amazing exhibition of physical strength. Flock and Captain Richard H. Carmichael, both of the Ninth Bombardment Squadron, were in a boat that overturned during a severe storm at about 1:30 p.m. The two men held onto the boat for hours, Flock finally succumbing to the cold water at about 5:00 p.m. Carmichael was rescued about 7:30 p.m. after an amazing six hours in the freezing water! Apparently sheer strength saved him, and this is one of the few instances where a potential victim survived drowning on Yellowstone Lake by holding onto a boat. Ironically, the two had earlier beached the boat to wait out a different storm. Major Flock's body was never recovered.