JAMES A. LOGAN, COMO, USN

From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

James Logan '10

Date of birth: January 6, 1889

Date of death: September 4, 1943

Age: 54

Lucky Bag

From the 1910 Lucky Bag:

Loss

From the Citadel's war deaths book.

From Find A Grave:

Commodore Logan was born in Charleston on 6 January 1889 as a member of a well-known Charleston family. Alex, as he was known, became a cadet at the Citadel in Charleston in 1905. After two semesters there, he received an appointment to the Naval Academy in 1906, following in the footsteps of his brother, George Christian Logan 1908. While at the Academy, Alex was a member of the secret Special Duty Squad, specializing in matching wits with the Discipline (Executive) Department. Following graduation, he served as a passed midshipman aboard West Virginia, receiving his commission as ensign in 1912.

Killed when Cessna UC-78 Bobcat utility plane made its final flight, crashed into the mountains of Northern Ireland.

After the bodies were recovered, a funeral service with full military honors was held on 8 September 1943 and was attended by senior governmental officials from Northern Ireland, Britain, Canada and the U.S. The remains of all three were transferred to the Brookwood Cemetery in Surrey, near London, where they were laid to rest together after a brief service on 10 September 1943. After the war, Commodore Logan’s remains were returned to the U.S. for reburial in his family’s plot in the Magnolia Cemetery, Charleston, SC.

From Flickr:

Captain James A. Logan, from the United States Navy, photographed in his office at the United States Naval Operating Base Londonderry. Logan was appointed commander of the USNOB at Londonderry on 15 March 1943, and in addition to his duties as commandant of the base, oversaw all US Navy activity within Northern Ireland.

Sadly Logan's position as Commandant was to be tragically cut. On 4 September 1943 he left the base to attend a conference in London with the Commander of US Naval Forces in Europe. Arriving at RNAS Eglinton he boarded a Cessna UC-78 Bobcat (serial 42-58314) which was piloted by Captain Loren Lee Miles of the USAAF. On the flight, Logan was also joined by Mr David Grimes, the Vice President in charge of engineering at the Philco Radio Company, who was involved in radar development work. The aircraft departed Eglinton at approximately 14:35 however after its failure to arrive in London an investigation into its disappearance was started some four hours after its expected arrival time.

The crash site was discovered the following day at about 18:00 with all three men killed. The US Army were first notified and attended the scene before contacting the now acting navy commandant, Executive officer Commander John E Williams, who proceeded immediately to the crash site. The bodies were subsequently recovered and moved to the US Naval hospital at Creevagh, with the exception of the pilot,whose body was claimed by the US Army authorities.

A funeral service for Commodore Logan was held at Springtown Camp on 8 September, officiated by the Reverend Henry J. Cluver and assisted by Lt Commander F.A Burke (ChC) USN. Heads of departments acted as pall bearers and the service concluded with Lt Commander Thomas J Greene accompanying the remains to Brookwood Cemetery in England. Captain H.L Thompson assumed command as acting commandant of the base.

A small plaque was placed near the crash site by the Logan family on the 60th anniversary of the event on 4th September 2003.

There are two pictures of James as commanding officer of the Naval Operating Base, here and here.

He was survived by his wife and son; James is buried in South Carolina.

Career

James was commanding officer of USS Chase (DD 323) from June 1926 to April 1929.


Class of 1910

James is one of 15 members of the Class of 1910 in Memorial Hall.