Feb 7

The Loss of the USS Macon, 12 February 1935

Thursday, February 7, 2019 12:01 AM

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Lieutenant Harold B. "Min" Miller at the controls of his F9C over Moffett Field. In 1934, Miller became the HTA Unit's senior aviator and was co-developer of the radio equipment which "homed" the pilots back to the airship.

Lieutenant Harold B. “Min” Miller at the controls of his F9C over Moffett Field. In 1934, Miller became the HTA Unit’s senior aviator and was co-developer of the radio equipment that “homed” the pilots back to the airship.

 

Following graduation from the Naval Academy in 1924, Harold B. Miller spent two years in the crew of the battleship USS California (BB-44) before going to flight training. As an aviator, he initially was in the battleship USS West Virginia (BB-48) and carrier USS Langley (CV-1). He served as a scout plane pilot from the Navy’s last two rigid airships, the USS Akron (ZRS-4) and Macon (ZRS-5).

In this excerpt from his second interview at his home in Manhasset, New York, Admiral Miller recounts the dramatic loss of the USS Macon off the coast of California in 1935.

 

USS Macon (ZRS-5) meets two of her Curtiss fighters over New Egypt, New Jersey, 7 July 1933.

USS Macon (ZRS-5) meets two of her Curtiss fighters over New Egypt, New Jersey, 7 July 1933.

 

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