Trenwith S. Basford
1916 - 1977
On August 25, 1977, Special Agents Trenwith S. Basford and Mark A. Kirkland were killed in northern Minnesota as the result of an airplane crash into Dewey Lake. Special Agent Basford was piloting his personally owned plane, which had been approved for official use. The agents were assisting agents of the Duluth Resident Agency in conducting an aerial surveillance when the crash occurred. At the time of his death, Special Agent Basford was 60 years old and had served over 35 years in the FBI. Special Agent Kirkland was 33 years of age.