English, Robert Henry, RADM

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Last Rank
Rear Admiral Upper Half
Last Primary NEC
112X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Submarine Warfare
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
Service Years
1911 - 1943
Rear Admiral Upper Half
Rear Admiral Upper Half

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Contact Info
Home Town
Warrenton, Georgia
Last Address
Ukiah, California

Date of Passing
Jan 21, 1943
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Plot: Section 8, Site 5118

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Last Known Activity
Died in the crash of  the "Philippine Clipper" in Booneville, CA 01/21/1943


TO: Submarine Squadron Commanders, SubPacFlt/SubSoWesPac 

FROM: Admiral Ernest J. King CinC U.S. Fleet Chief of Naval Operations 

CC: Admiral Chester W. Nimitz 

DATE: 31 January, 1943 

SUBJECT: Death of Rear Admiral English 

It is my sad duty to inform all Officers and Enlisted personal of SubPacFlt of the untimely death of Rear Admiral Robert H. English. 

Rear Admiral English was in transit to the submarine support facility at Mare Island aboard a Pan-Am clipper on loan to the U.S. Navy. Radio contact was lost due to a severe storm which occurred while approaching San Francisco. Rear Admiral English, three senior staff officers, six Navy passengers, a nurse and nine crewmen all perished. 

Our hearts go out to the English family. It is a tragic loss to SubPacFlt and to the United States Navy. Let us keep his family in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. 

Captain John H. "Babe" Brown will assume temporary command of SubPacFlt until a suitable replacement is appointed.
Admiral Ernest J. King CinC 
Commander in Chief, U.S. Fleet
Chief of Naval Operations
// Sends //
Other Comments:

Rear Admiral (COMSUBPAC) Commander, U.S. Submarines, Pacific Fleet
Navy Cross, Navy Distringuished Service Medal
Capitan of the Cruiser, USS Helena
(CL-50) on December 7, 1941
Interred on February 9, 1943

Pan American Flight Airways / Flight 62100 a Martin M-130 Flying Boat "Philippine Clipper" NC14715 with a crew of 9 and 10 passengers departed Oahu Hawaii to San Francisco at 5:30 a.m. on Wednesday, January 20 and arrived off the coast of San Francisco about 6:50 a.m. the next morning.

Last communication with Pan Am's Treasure Island Base was at 7:22 a.m. It went missing for over a week. The Clipper had crashed and was located on January 30 about 7 miles south-southwest of Ukiah, 90 miles north of San Francisco and 22 miles inland from the Pacific coast, all on board perished. The accident was blamed on human error.

Ironically, the Clipper had survived the Japanese Attack on Wake Island on December 7, 1941; with over 60 bullet holes in her, she evacuated 60 passengers later that day from Wake Island to Hawaii.


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US Naval Academy Annapolis (Faculty Staff)Submarine School Officers BasicUS NavyUSS Helena (CL-50)
  1907-1911, US Naval Academy Annapolis (Faculty Staff)
  1914-1914, Submarine School Officers Basic
  1914-1917, USS D-3 (SS-19)
  1917-1919, USS O-4 (SS-65)
  1941-1942, USS Helena (CL-50)
  1942-1942, COMSUBRON 4, COMSUBGRU 2
  1942-1942, NAVSUBASE Pearl Harbor
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1918-1918 World War I/Convoy Duty
  1941-1941 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Attack on Pearl Harbor
  1942-1942 Central Pacific Campaign (1941-43)/Battle of Midway
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United States Naval Academy
  1907-1911, United States Naval Academy
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