GEORGE M. OTTINGER, CDR, USN

From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

George Ottinger '32

Date of birth: May 10, 1910

Date of death: March 24, 1945

Age: 34

Lucky Bag

From the 1932 Lucky Bag:

Loss

George was lost on March 24, 1945, when his F4U-1D went missing during a mission over Okinawa. He was flying from the USS Bunker Hill (CV 17) as commanding officer of Air Group (CAG) 84; the aircraft belonged to Marine Fighting Squadron (VMF) 451. (He is listed on that page as "Offinger".)

His wife was listed as next of kin.

He earned his wings as naval aviator #4152 on October 1, 1935.

Navy Cross

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From Hall of Valor:

The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to Commander George Malone Ottinger (NSN: 0-71550), United States Navy, for extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as Pilot of a carrier-based Navy Combat Plane embarked from the U.S.S. BUNKER HILL (CV-17), and as Task Group Strike Commander and Target Coordinator of a flight of Aircraft from seven carrier air groups, in action against enemy Japanese forces in Kure Harbor and the Kure Naval Arsenal, on Shikoku, on 19 March 1945. Boldly penetrating enemy territory with his Navy fighter plane as he led the first wave of strike planes across the Japanese home island and over the heavily-defended Inland Sea in a daring assault upon vital enemy positions, Commander Ottinger, upon reaching the designated area, assigned a major unit of the Japanese Fleet and the Japanese Arsenal at Kure to each division of his strike group. Executing his daring and relentless attack through a furious barrage of intensive and desperate anti-aircraft fire of all calibers from enemy ships and surrounding shore batteries, he and his men coolly struck against their targets with unfaltering precision, scoring direct hits and inflicting severe damage on two carriers, two battleships, two cruisers and two destroyers. Pressing on with dauntless determination to fulfill their destructive mission, six of his torpedo planes released their deadly bombs upon the enemy's Arsenal with devastating results. By his brilliant tactics, his superb leadership and unflinching courage, Commander Ottinger inspired his men to perform a vital assignment with outstanding success, and his tireless energy and valiant devotion to duty in the supervision of this hazardous operation were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

Action Date: 19-Mar-45
Service: Navy
Rank: Commander
Company: Commanding Officer
Regiment: Air Group 84 (AG-84)
Division: U.S.S. Bunker Hill (CV-17)

Distinguished Flying Cross

From Hall of Valor:

SYNOPSIS: Commander George Malone Ottinger (NSN: 0-71550), United States Navy, was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross (Posthumously) for extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight as a Fighter Plane Pilot and Task Group Leader embarked in U.S.S. BUNKER HILL (CV-17), on 16 - 17 February 1945.

General Orders: Bureau of Naval Personnel Information Bulletin No. 348 (March 1946)
Action Date: February 16 - 17, 1945
Service: Navy
Rank: Commander
Company: Commanding Officer
Regiment: Air Group 84 (AG-84)
Division: U.S.S. Bunker Hill (CV-17)

From Hall of Valor:

SYNOPSIS: Commander George Malone Ottinger (NSN: 0-71550), United States Navy, was awarded a Gold Star in lieu of a Second Award of the Distinguished Flying Cross for extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight during World War II.

General Orders: American Battle Monuments Commission
Action Date: World War II
Service: Navy
Rank: Commander
Company: Commanding Officer
Regiment: Air Group 84 (AG-84)
Division: U.S.S. Bunker Hill (CV-17)

From Hall of Valor:

SYNOPSIS: Commander George Malone Ottinger (NSN: 0-71550), United States Navy, was awarded a Second Gold Star in lieu of a Third Award of the Distinguished Flying Cross (Posthumously) for extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight as a Strike Leader embarked in U.S.S. BUNKER HILL (CV-17), over Okinawa, 23 to 24 March 1945.

General Orders: Bureau of Naval Personnel Information Bulletin No. 351 (June 1946)
Action Date: March 23 - 24, 1945
Service: Navy
Rank: Commander
Division: U.S.S. Bunker Hill (CV-17)


Class of 1932

George is one of 52 members of the Class of 1932 in Memorial Hall.