Air Force Capt. Will H. Carroll Jr., 30, a graduate of Fairfax High School and Virgina Polytechnic Institute and State University, was killed in a plane crash Tuesday in California.

He had been stationed at George Air Force Base in Victorville, Calif. since December 1977. He was piloting a fighter aircraft engaged in a tactical training mission at the time of his death.

Capt. Carroll was born in Tuscaloosa, Ala. He came to the Washington area with his family as an infant.

He graduated from Fairfax High in 1967 where he had earned a degree in mechanical engineering from VPI in 1971. He had started there in track, winning four letters, and received a number of honours as an outstanding scholar and athlete.

Capt. Carroll earned his wings at Moody Air Force Base in Georgia in 1972. In 1974-75 he was in Thailand with the 23rd Tactical Air Support Wing. He participated in the recovery of the U.S. merchant ship Mayaguez and its crew after they were seized by Cambodian forces in the Gulf of Siam. He received the Air Medal.

Capt. Carroll was a member of a surface to air missile defense unit at George AFB.

He is survived by his wife, Linda L., who is returning to her home in Austin, Tex.; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Will H. Carroll, of Fairfax;two brothers, Air Force Capt. J. David Carroll, stationed in Spangdahlem, Germany, and Brian H., of Richmond, Va., and his grandmothers, Mrs. William B. Carroll, of Birmingham, Ala., and Mr. W. H. Newell, of Anderson, S.C.

The family suggests that expressions of sympathy be in the form of contributions to the Boy Scouts of America. CAPTION: Picture, CAPT. WILL H. CARROLL JR.