Derby Daredevil passes away at 87

Alexander Trabka, known as the “Derby Daredevil,” died Friday, July 24, in his Monroe home. He leaves behind the “Daredevil” legacy he created by flying his Piper Cub Aircraft underneath and through the water passageway underneath the Derby-Shelton Bridge in 1951.

Trabka served his country as a pilot in World War II with the Army Air Corps 99th Bomb Group, in the Korean War with the U.S. Air Force, and he was a member of the Catholic War Veterans and American Legion Post 16, according to an obituary posted to

He is survived by a son, Allen Trabka, and his wife Susan; his grandchildren, Ashley Trabka, Kim Simko, and Heather Gildersleeve; several great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Trabka was predeceased by a daughter, Andrea Pawloski; his brothers Robert and Joseph; and sisters Lillian, Julia, Lorraine, Winnie, and Estelle, according to