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S-506 VADM Dixwell Ketcham Collection

Collection of 179 photographs related to VADM Dixwell Ketcham covering his career as an aviator from the early 1920s to the late 1940s. A full inventory of subject matter can be found in the descriptions below.
Title: VADM Dixwell Ketcham Collection
Caption: Collection photo # S-506.01 - The "Fearless Five" onboard USS Chenango (CVE-28), April 14, 1944 - standing (l to r): LTjg John S. Reed, CAPT Dixwell Ketcham, LTjg Merle F. Ferris, LTjg Willis R. Drew; kneeling: LTjg Robert E. Grant, LTjg Chester W. Heck
Description: Collection of 179 photographs related to VADM Dixwell Ketcham covering his career as an aviator from the early 1920s to the late 1940s. A full inventory of subject matter can be found in the descriptions below.
Catalog #: S-506
Donor: VADM Dixwell Ketcham
Copyright Owner: Naval History & Heritage Command
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S-506-A
Photo album (coverless and unbound) with 140 photographs taken from 1923 to approximately 1930, of ships, aircraft and locations involved with Ketcham’s service. Many of the photographs in this album have been cataloged in the NH series at the item level (NH 100448-NH 100537). Subject matter consists of:
-Fleet maneuvers off Panama, 1923, showing a series destroyer torpedo attacks with seaplanes overhead and the sinking of target ship USS Iowa (BB-4/Coast Battleship No. 4) by USS Mississippi. Plane’s crew members are also shown.
-Newport and Jamestown, Rhode Island, showing towns, harbors, mansions, and Navy seaplanes moored offshore.
- Hurricane damage at Pensacola, FL, September 1926, showing city waterfront, boats, beached steamship, wrecked schooners and boats. Among the wrecks is the sloop (?) Culebra, of Pensacola.
-St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, showing the town, Naval Station, quarantine station, governor’s house, and other buildings.
-Fleet maneuvers, circa 1928-1930 showing bomb explosion and destroyers.
-Havana, Cuba, circa 1928-1930 showing various city scenes, facilities and buildings, and torpedo planes
-Panama showing aerial views of the city, locks and canal, as well as submarine tenders and submarines at Balboa. There are also aerial images of fleet operations off Guantanamo.
-Aircraft seen include: T4M, F5L, UO-1 (BU #A-6545) and UO-1 (Bu # A-6997)
-Ships include USS Wright (AV-1), general view and onboard; USS Richmond (CL-9), view on board; USS Saratoga (CV-3), view of ship; and USS Salt Lake or Pensacola (CL-24 or CL-25).

 

S-506-B
25 photographs related to the later years of Ketcham’s service, early to late 1940s. Subject matter consists of change of command ceremonies (USS Saratoga), Ketcham receiving awards; in the cockpit of a Ryan FR-1 “Fireball” fighter; presentation of awards; various other events and ceremonies. Also included is a group photo of the officers of USS Chenango (CVE-28), April 14, 1944, known as the “Fearless Five”, which includes Ketcham. Several documents related to Ketcham’s service include a letter of appreciation from former Alllied prisoners of War transported on his flagship, USS Block Island (CVE-106) in the Far East, September 1945.

Topic
  • Aviation
Document Type
  • Photograph
Wars & Conflicts
File Formats
  • Image (gif, jpg, tiff)
Location of Archival Materials