RENWICK S. CALDERHEAD, LCDR, USN

From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Renwick Calderhead '27

Date of birth: July 29, 1903

Date of death: August 20, 1942

Age: 39

Lucky Bag

From the 1927 Lucky Bag:


Loss

From Find A Grave:

A 39 year old American male from Dawson, Canada, serving on active duty as a Lieutenant Commander (Aviation), U.S. Navy during World War II. He died on August 20, 1942 from an airplane crash at Manzanilla Bay [Panama]. He was buried at Mt. Hope Cemetery then re-interred at Corozal [Panama] American Cemetery in 1979.

Renwick was piloting a PBY-5 Catalina. Three others were also killed; four were injured. He was commanding officer of Patrol Squadron (VP) 34 from the squadron's establishment on April 16, 1942 until his death.

Renwick was survived by his wife and two sons, Dickie and Renwick Jr., as well as a brother, Wallace.

Navy Directories & Officer Registers

The "Register of Commissioned and Warrant Officers of the United States Navy and Marine Corps" was published annually from 1815 through at least the 1970s; it provided rank, command or station, and occasionally billet until the beginning of World War II when command/station was no longer included. Scanned copies were reviewed and data entered from the mid-1840s through 1922, when more-frequent Navy Directories were available.

The Navy Directory was a publication that provided information on the command, billet, and rank of every active and retired naval officer. Single editions have been found online from January 1915 and March 1918, and then from three to six editions per year from 1923 through 1940; the final edition is from April 1941.

The entries in both series of documents are sometimes cryptic and confusing. They are often inconsistent, even within an edition, with the name of commands; this is especially true for aviation squadrons in the 1920s and early 1930s.

Alumni listed at the same command may or may not have had significant interactions; they could have shared a stateroom or workspace, stood many hours of watch together… or, especially at the larger commands, they might not have known each other at all. The information provides the opportunity to draw connections that are otherwise invisible, though, and gives a fuller view of the professional experiences of these alumni in Memorial Hall.

January 1928

Ensign, USS Mississippi

Others at this command: LCDR Daniel Callaghan '11, CDR Robert English '11, LT David Cummins '18, and ENS Howard Gilmore '26.

April 1928

Ensign, USS Mississippi

Others at this command: LCDR Robert English '11, LT David Cummins '18, and ENS Howard Gilmore '26.

July 1928

Ensign, USS Mississippi

Others at this command: LCDR Robert English '11, LCDR Morris Spriggs '15, LT David Cummins '18, and ENS Howard Gilmore '26.

October 1928

Ensign, USS Mississippi

Others at this command: LCDR Robert English '11, LCDR Morris Spriggs '15, LT David Cummins '18, and ENS Howard Gilmore '26.

January 1929

Ensign, USS Mississippi

Others at this command: LCDR Robert English '11, LCDR Morris Spriggs '15, LT David Cummins '18, and ENS Howard Gilmore '26.

April 1929

Ensign, USS Mississippi

Others at this command: LCDR Robert English '11, LCDR Morris Spriggs '15, LT David Cummins '18, and ENS Howard Gilmore '26.

July 1929

Ensign, USS Mississippi

Others at this command: LCDR Morris Spriggs '15, LTjg Howard Gilmore '26, ENS Bruce Van Voorhis '29, and ENS Finley Hall '29.

October 1930

Lieutenant (j.g.), Torpedo and Bombing Plane Squadron (VT) 2B, USS Saratoga

Others at this command: LTjg Robert Symes '27 and ENS Weldon Hamilton '28.

Others at or embarked at USS Saratoga: CDR Melville Brown '10 (USS Saratoga), LT Thomas Fisher '18 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 6B), LT Dixie Kiefer '19 (USS Saratoga), LT Van Moore '19 (USS Saratoga), LT William Sample '19 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 2B), LTjg Walter Leach, Jr. '24 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 6B), LTjg Creighton Lankford '25 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 1B), LTjg Carlton Hutchins '26 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 6B), LTjg Charles Signer '26 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 6B), LTjg Claude Haman '26 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 2B), LTjg John Eldridge, Jr. '27 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 2B), LTjg Julian Greer '27 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 6B), LTjg Warren Graf '27 (USS Saratoga), ENS Jacob Britt '29 (USS Saratoga), ENS Charles Hart '30 (USS Saratoga), ENS Dudley Morton '30 (USS Saratoga), ENS James Kyes '30 (USS Saratoga), ENS James Clarkson '30 (USS Saratoga), and ENS John Craig '30 (USS Saratoga).

January 1931

Lieutenant (j.g.), Torpedo and Bombing Plane Squadron (VT) 2B, USS Saratoga

Others at this command: LTjg Robert Symes '27 and ENS Weldon Hamilton '28.

Others at or embarked at USS Saratoga: CDR Melville Brown '10 (USS Saratoga), LT Thomas Fisher '18 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 6B), LT Dixie Kiefer '19 (USS Saratoga), LT Van Moore '19 (USS Saratoga), LT William Sample '19 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 2B), LTjg Walter Leach, Jr. '24 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 6B), LTjg Creighton Lankford '25 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 1B), LTjg Carlton Hutchins '26 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 6B), LTjg Charles Signer '26 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 6B), LTjg Claude Haman '26 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 2B), LTjg John Eldridge, Jr. '27 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 2B), LTjg Julian Greer '27 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 6B), LTjg Warren Graf '27 (USS Saratoga), ENS Jacob Britt '29 (USS Saratoga), ENS Charles Hart '30 (USS Saratoga), ENS Dudley Morton '30 (USS Saratoga), ENS James Kyes '30 (USS Saratoga), ENS James Clarkson '30 (USS Saratoga), and ENS John Craig '30 (USS Saratoga).

April 1931

Lieutenant (j.g.), Torpedo and Bombing Plane Squadron (VT) 2B, USS Saratoga

Others at this command: LTjg Robert Symes '27 and ENS Weldon Hamilton '28.

Others at or embarked at USS Saratoga: CDR Melville Brown '10 (USS Saratoga), LT Thomas Fisher '18 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 6B), LT Dixie Kiefer '19 (USS Saratoga), LT Van Moore '19 (USS Saratoga), LT William Sample '19 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 2B), LTjg Walter Leach, Jr. '24 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 6B), LTjg Creighton Lankford '25 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 1B), LTjg Carlton Hutchins '26 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 6B), LTjg Charles Signer '26 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 6B), LTjg Claude Haman '26 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 2B), LTjg John Eldridge, Jr. '27 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 2B), LTjg Julian Greer '27 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 6B), LTjg Warren Graf '27 (USS Saratoga), ENS Jacob Britt '29 (USS Saratoga), ENS James Kyes '30 (USS Saratoga), and ENS James Clarkson '30 (USS Saratoga).

July 1931

Lieutenant (j.g.), Torpedo and Bombing Plane Squadron (VT) 2B, USS Saratoga

Others at this command: LTjg Robert Symes '27.

Others at or embarked at USS Saratoga: CDR Melville Brown '10 (USS Saratoga), LT Thomas Fisher '18 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 6B), LT Van Moore '19 (USS Saratoga), LTjg Walter Leach, Jr. '24 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 6B), LTjg Claude Haman '26 (USS Saratoga), LTjg Eugene Davis '27 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 6B), LTjg John Eldridge, Jr. '27 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 2B), LTjg Julian Greer '27 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 6B), ENS Jacob Britt '29 (USS Saratoga), ENS Lloyd Greenamyer '29 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 1B), ENS William Arthur '29 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 1B), ENS James Kyes '30 (USS Saratoga), ENS James Clarkson '30 (USS Saratoga), ENS George Stone '31 (USS Saratoga), and ENS Leo Crane '31 (USS Saratoga).

October 1931

Lieutenant (j.g.), Torpedo and Bombing Plane Squadron (VT) 2B, USS Saratoga

Others at this command: LT Edwin Conway '20, LTjg Robert Symes '27, and ENS Weldon Hamilton '28.

Others at or embarked at USS Saratoga: CDR Melville Brown '10 (USS Saratoga), LCDR Oscar Erickson '16 (Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 2B), LT Van Moore '19 (USS Saratoga), LTjg Walter Leach, Jr. '24 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 6B), LTjg Claude Haman '26 (USS Saratoga), LTjg Eugene Davis '27 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 6B), LTjg Julian Greer '27 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 6B), ENS Jacob Britt '29 (USS Saratoga), ENS Lloyd Greenamyer '29 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 1B), ENS William Oliver '29 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 6B), ENS William Arthur '29 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 1B), ENS Byron Newell '30 (USS Saratoga), ENS James Kyes '30 (USS Saratoga), ENS James Clarkson '30 (USS Saratoga), ENS George Stone '31 (USS Saratoga), and ENS Leo Crane '31 (USS Saratoga).

January 1932

Lieutenant (j.g.), Torpedo and Bombing Plane Squadron (VT) 2B, USS Saratoga

Others at this command: LT Edwin Conway '20, LTjg Robert Symes '27, and ENS Weldon Hamilton '28.

Others at or embarked at USS Saratoga: CDR Melville Brown '10 (USS Saratoga), LT Van Moore '19 (USS Saratoga), LTjg Walter Leach, Jr. '24 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 6B), LTjg Claude Haman '26 (USS Saratoga), LTjg Eugene Davis '27 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 6B), LTjg Julian Greer '27 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 6B), ENS Jacob Britt '29 (USS Saratoga), ENS Lloyd Greenamyer '29 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 1B), ENS William Oliver '29 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 6B), ENS William Arthur '29 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 1B), ENS Byron Newell '30 (USS Saratoga), ENS James Kyes '30 (USS Saratoga), ENS James Clarkson '30 (USS Saratoga), ENS George Stone '31 (USS Saratoga), and ENS Leo Crane '31 (USS Saratoga).

April 1932

Lieutenant (j.g.), Torpedo and Bombing Plane Squadron (VT) 2B, USS Saratoga

Others at this command: LT Edwin Conway '20, LTjg Robert Symes '27, and ENS Weldon Hamilton '28.

Others at or embarked at USS Saratoga: CDR Melville Brown '10 (USS Saratoga), LT Van Moore '19 (USS Saratoga), LTjg Walter Leach, Jr. '24 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 6B), LTjg Eugene Davis '27 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 6B), LTjg Julian Greer '27 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 6B), ENS Jacob Britt '29 (USS Saratoga), ENS Lloyd Greenamyer '29 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 1B), ENS Mathias Wyatt '29 (Aircraft Squadrons, Battle Force), ENS William Oliver '29 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 6B), ENS William Arthur '29 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 1B), ENS Byron Newell '30 (USS Saratoga), ENS James Kyes '30 (USS Saratoga), ENS James Clarkson '30 (USS Saratoga), ENS George Stone '31 (USS Saratoga), and ENS Leo Crane '31 (USS Saratoga).

October 1932

Lieutenant (j.g.), Torpedo and Bombing Plane Squadron (VT) 2B, USS Saratoga

Others at this command: ENS Weldon Hamilton '28.

Others at or embarked at USS Saratoga: LT Van Moore '19 (USS Saratoga), LTjg Matthias Marple, Jr. '23 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 6B), LTjg Eugene Davis '27 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 6B), LTjg Jacob Britt '29 (USS Saratoga), LTjg Lloyd Greenamyer '29 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 1B), LTjg Mathias Wyatt '29 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 6B), LTjg William Oliver '29 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 6B), LTjg William Arthur '29 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 1B), ENS Byron Newell '30 (USS Saratoga), ENS James Kyes '30 (Aircraft Squadrons), ENS James Clarkson '30 (USS Saratoga), ENS George Stone '31 (USS Saratoga), ENS Leo Crane '31 (USS Saratoga), ENS Frank Latta '32 (USS Saratoga), and ENS George Ottinger '32 (USS Saratoga).

January 1933

Lieutenant (j.g.), Torpedo and Bombing Plane Squadron (VT) 2B, USS Saratoga

Others at this command: ENS Weldon Hamilton '28.

Others at or embarked at USS Saratoga: LT Jack Richardson '19 (Aircraft Squadrons), LT Van Moore '19 (USS Saratoga), LTjg Matthias Marple, Jr. '23 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 6B), LTjg Eugene Davis '27 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 6B), LTjg Jacob Britt '29 (USS Saratoga), LTjg Lloyd Greenamyer '29 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 1B), LTjg Mathias Wyatt '29 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 6B), LTjg William Oliver '29 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 6B), LTjg William Arthur '29 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 1B), ENS Byron Newell '30 (USS Saratoga), ENS James Kyes '30 (Aircraft Squadrons), ENS James Clarkson '30 (USS Saratoga), ENS George Stone '31 (USS Saratoga), ENS Leo Crane '31 (USS Saratoga), ENS Frank Latta '32 (USS Saratoga), and ENS George Ottinger '32 (USS Saratoga).

April 1933

Lieutenant (j.g.), Torpedo and Bombing Plane Squadron (VT) 2B, USS Saratoga

Others at this command: ENS Weldon Hamilton '28.

Others at or embarked at USS Saratoga: LT Jack Richardson '19 (Aircraft Squadrons), LT Matthias Marple, Jr. '23 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 6B), LTjg Eugene Davis '27 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 6B), LTjg Jacob Britt '29 (USS Saratoga), LTjg Lloyd Greenamyer '29 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 1B), LTjg Mathias Wyatt '29 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 6B), LTjg William Oliver '29 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 6B), LTjg William Arthur '29 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 1B), ENS Byron Newell '30 (USS Saratoga), ENS James Kyes '30 (Aircraft Squadrons), ENS James Clarkson '30 (USS Saratoga), ENS Mack Vorhees '30 (Aircraft Squadrons), ENS George Stone '31 (USS Saratoga), ENS Leo Crane '31 (USS Saratoga), ENS Frank Latta '32 (USS Saratoga), and ENS George Ottinger '32 (USS Saratoga).

July 1933

Lieutenant (j.g.), Patrol Plane Squadron (VP) 4F, Naval Air Station Pearl Harbor

Others at this command: LTjg Weldon Hamilton '28.

October 1933

Lieutenant (j.g.), Patrol Plane Squadron (VP) 4F, Naval Air Station Pearl Harbor

Others at this command: LTjg Weldon Hamilton '28.

April 1934

Lieutenant (j.g.), Patrol Plane Squadron (VP) 4F, Naval Air Station Pearl Harbor

Others at this command: LTjg Weldon Hamilton '28.

July 1934

Lieutenant (j.g.), Patrol Plane Squadron (VP) 4F, Naval Air Station Pearl Harbor

Others at this command: LTjg Weldon Hamilton '28 and LTjg Lloyd Greenamyer '29.

October 1934

Lieutenant (j.g.), Patrol Plane Squadron (VP) 4F, Naval Air Station Pearl Harbor

Others at this command: LTjg Weldon Hamilton '28 and LTjg Lloyd Greenamyer '29.

January 1935

Lieutenant (j.g.), Patrol Plane Squadron (VP) 4F, Naval Air Station Pearl Harbor

Others at this command: LTjg Weldon Hamilton '28 and LTjg Lloyd Greenamyer '29.

April 1935

Lieutenant (j.g.), Patrol Plane Squadron (VP) 4F, Naval Air Station Pearl Harbor

Others at this command: LTjg Weldon Hamilton '28 and LTjg Lloyd Greenamyer '29.

October 1935

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Detroit

Others at this command: LTjg Heywood Edwards '26 and LTjg Ralph Elden '31.

Others at or embarked at this command: LT Paul Register '21 (Destroyers, Battle Force).

January 1936

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Detroit

Others at this command: LTjg Heywood Edwards '26 and LTjg Ralph Elden '31.

Others at or embarked at this command: LT Paul Register '21 (Destroyers, Battle Force).

April 1936

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Detroit

Others at this command: LTjg Heywood Edwards '26 and LTjg Ralph Elden '31.

Others at or embarked at this command: LT Paul Register '21 (Destroyers, Battle Force).

July 1936

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Detroit

Others at this command: LTjg Heywood Edwards '26, LTjg Ralph Elden '31, and LTjg James Reilly '32.

Others at or embarked at this command: LT Paul Register '21 (Destroyers, Battle Force).

January 1937

Lieutenant, USS Detroit

Others at this command: LT Heywood Edwards '26, LTjg Lee Pancake '31, LTjg Ralph Elden '31, and LTjg James Reilly '32.

Others at or embarked at this command: LT Paul Register '21 (Destroyers, Battle Force).

April 1937

Lieutenant, USS Detroit

Others at this command: LT Heywood Edwards '26, LTjg Lee Pancake '31, LTjg Ralph Elden '31, and LTjg James Reilly '32.

Others at or embarked at this command: LT Paul Register '21 (Destroyers, Battle Force).

September 1937

Lieutenant, Torpedo Squadron (VT) 2, USS Lexington

Others at this command: LT Ralph Smith '26, LTjg Burden Hastings '33, and LTjg George Klinsmann '33.

Others at or embarked at USS Lexington: LT William Eaton '21 (USS Lexington), LT John Duke '26 (Fighting Squadron (VF) 2), LTjg George Ottinger '32 (Bombing Squadron (VB) 2), LTjg William Kane '33 (Fighting Squadron (VF) 2), LTjg Thompson Guthrie, Jr. '34 (Scouting Squadron (VS) 2), ENS John Eichmann '35 (USS Lexington), and ENS Thomas Edwards, Jr. '37 (USS Lexington).

January 1938

Lieutenant, Torpedo Squadron (VT) 2, USS Lexington

Others at this command: LT Ralph Smith '26, LTjg Burden Hastings '33, and LTjg George Klinsmann '33.

Others at or embarked at USS Lexington: LT William Eaton '21 (USS Lexington), LT John Duke '26 (Fighting Squadron (VF) 2), LTjg George Ottinger '32 (Bombing Squadron (VB) 2), LTjg John Speer '32 (USS Lexington), LTjg William Kane '33 (Fighting Squadron (VF) 2), LTjg Thompson Guthrie, Jr. '34 (Scouting Squadron (VS) 2), and ENS Thomas Edwards, Jr. '37 (USS Lexington).

June 1940

Lieutenant, Utility Squadron (VJ) 1

Others at this command: LTjg Terry Watkins, Sr. '34.

November 1940

Lieutenant, Utility Squadron (VJ) 1

Others at this command: LTjg Terry Watkins, Sr. '34.

April 1941

Lieutenant, Utility Squadron (VJ) 1

Others at this command: LTjg Terry Watkins, Sr. '34.


Class of 1927

Renwick is one of 43 members of the Class of 1927 on Virtual Memorial Hall.