graduate

Price, John Dale (1892-1957)


Photograph of John Dale Price

National Archives. Via Wikipedia

Price was a pioneering Navy aviator who set seaplane distance and speed records in the 1920s. He is credited with being the first aviator to make a night landing on an aircraft carrier. He commanded patrol wings in the Pacific throughout most of the war, flying at least two combat missions with Patrol Wing 2 (against Wake).

Following his retirement, Price acted as technical advisor for at least two Hollywood films.

Service record

1892-5-18

Born in Arkansas
1916

Graduates from Naval Academy
1920

Flight training
1924
Lieutenant

1939

Commander, Patrol Wing 3
1941-4-28     
Commander
Commander, AV Pocomoke
1941-7-8

Commander, Fleet Air Wing 8, Virginia
1942-6
Captain Commander, Jacksonville Naval Air Station
1943-3
Rear admiral    
Commander, Patrol Wing 2
1945-4

Commander, Fleet Air Wing 2
1945-7     

Commander, Okinawa Naval Operating Base
1946-8-31     
Vice admiral
Commander, Naval Air Forces, Pacific Fleet
1948-1-20

Deputy Chief of Naval Operations, Air
1954
Retires

1957-12-18     

Dies at San Diego

References

Internet Movie Database (accessed 2010-7-5)

FindAGrave.com (accessed 2010-7-5)

Naval Historical Center (accessed 2009-7-15)
Tuohy (2007)



Valid HTML 4.01 Transitional