NORMAN W. WHITE, LCDR, USN

From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Norman White '39

Date of birth: June 5, 1917

Date of death: May 4, 1945

Age: 27

Lucky Bag

From the 1939 Lucky Bag:


Loss

From Find A Grave:

Killed in the crash of a Navy PBY Catalina "Flying Boat" that struck a fog shrouded hillside close to the Golden Gate bridge, near Sausalito, California. Eight other crewmembers also perished.

The accident report is available here. (Because the loss was on an operational patrol, he is listed here under the WWII category.)

Norman was executive officer of Patrol Bombing Squadron (VPB) 84.

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.

October 1939

Ensign, USS Saratoga

Others at this command: ENS William Mason, Jr. '37, ENS John Smith '38, ENS John Black '38, ENS Keene Hammond '38, ENS Claude Goodman, Jr. '39, and ENS Lenard Reichel '39.

Others at or embarked at this command: LCDR Richard Moss '24 (Bombing Squadron (VB) 3), LT Harrington Drake '31 (Bombing Squadron (VB) 3), LTjg John Spiers '32 (Fighting Squadron (VF) 3), LTjg George Nicol '34 (Scouting Squadron (VS) 3), LTjg John Ennis '35 (Bombing Squadron (VB) 3), and ENS Raymond Vogel, Jr. '36 (Fighting Squadron (VF) 3).

June 1940

Ensign, USS Saratoga

Others at this command: LT William Hank '25 and ENS Keene Hammond '38.

Others at or embarked at this command: LCDR Richard Moss '24 (Bombing Squadron (VB) 3), LT Harrington Drake '31 (Bombing Squadron (VB) 3), LT William Sisko '31 (Scouting Squadron (VS) 3), LT John Spiers '32 (Fighting Squadron (VF) 3), LTjg George Nicol '34 (Scouting Squadron (VS) 3), LTjg John Ennis '35 (Bombing Squadron (VB) 3), LTjg Raymond Vogel, Jr. '36 (Fighting Squadron (VF) 3), and ENS Edward O'Hare '37 (Fighting Squadron (VF) 3).

November 1940

Ensign, USS Saratoga

Others at this command: LCDR William Hank '25.

Others at or embarked at this command: LT William Sisko '31 (Scouting Squadron (VS) 3), LTjg Francis Maher, Jr. '35 (Bombing Squadron (VB) 3), LTjg Jack Ferguson '35 (Bombing Squadron (VB) 3), LTjg John Ennis '35 (Bombing Squadron (VB) 3), LTjg Raymond Vogel, Jr. '36 (Fighting Squadron (VF) 3), LTjg Edward O'Hare '37 (Fighting Squadron (VF) 3), LTjg Harold Shrider '37 (Scouting Squadron (VS) 3), LTjg Howard Nester, Jr. '37 (Bombing Squadron (VB) 3), LTjg Macdonald Thompson '37 (Torpedo Squadron (VT) 3), and LTjg Patrick Hart '37 (Torpedo Squadron (VT) 3).

April 1941

Ensign, USS Saratoga

Others at this command: LCDR William Hank '25.

Others at or embarked at this command: LTjg Francis Maher, Jr. '35 (Bombing Squadron (VB) 3), LTjg Jack Ferguson '35 (Bombing Squadron (VB) 3), LTjg Victor Gadrow '35 (Fighting Squadron (VF) 3), LTjg Edward O'Hare '37 (Fighting Squadron (VF) 3), LTjg Harold Shrider '37 (Scouting Squadron (VS) 3), LTjg Howard Nester, Jr. '37 (Bombing Squadron (VB) 3), LTjg Macdonald Thompson '37 (Torpedo Squadron (VT) 3), LTjg Patrick Hart '37 (Torpedo Squadron (VT) 3), ENS Curtis Howard '38 (Torpedo Squadron (VT) 3), ENS Howard Clark '38 (Fighting Squadron (VF) 3), ENS Marion Dufilho '38 (Fighting Squadron (VF) 3), ENS Osborne Wiseman '38 (Bombing Squadron (VB) 3), and ENS William Brady '38 (Scouting Squadron (VS) 3).


Class of 1939

Norman is one of 77 members of the Class of 1939 on Virtual Memorial Hall.