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Mullinnix, Henry Maston (1892-1943)


Photograph of Henry M. Mullinnix

U.S. Navy. From Morison (1951).

Henry Mullinnix was a brilliant U.S. Navy aeronautical engineer and aviator who played a role in developing air-cooled engines for naval aircraft. He was a rear admiral when he was lost with the Liscombe Bay off Makin in the Gilbert Islands. The escort carrier was hit by a single torpedo just before dawn on 24 November 1943. The aircraft bomb magazine exploded seconds later, destroying the rear third of the ship and scattering debris over a 1500 yard radius. The ship sank in 23 minutes along with most of her crew, including her admiral and captain.

Mullinnix was a popular young admiral and his loss led to considerable recriminations between the Army and the Navy over the Army's alleged sluggish tactics, which kept Navy forces in the area for prolonged periods of time.

Service record

1892-7-4

Born at Spencer, Indiana
1916
Ensign
Graduates first in his class from Naval Academy
1917

DD Balch
1923

Completes M.S. degree in aeronautical engineering
1924-1-11

Completes flight training at Pensacola
1940-12-20     
Commander
Commander, AV Albemarle
1941-7-1     
Captain     
Commander, Patrol Wing 7, Newfoundland
1943-4

Commander, CV Saratoga
1943-8-22
Rear admiral     
Commander, Carrier Division 24
1943-11-24      

Killed in action at Makin

References

DANFS

Morison (1951)

Naval Historical Center (accessed 2008-11-25)
Pettibone (2006)
Tuohy (2007)


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