Richard C. Saufley
|Richard Caswell Saufley|
1 September 1884|
|Died||9 June 1916
Santa Rosa Island, Florida
|Buried at||Stanford Cemetery, Stanford, Kentucky|
|Allegiance||United States of America|
|Service/branch||United States Navy|
|Years of service||1908-1916|
|Rank||Lieutenant, junior grade|
|Battles/wars||1914 Veracruz campaign|
Saufley was born on 1 September 1884 at Stanford, Kentucky. He graduated from the United States Naval Academy in June 1908 and was commissioned as an ensign in June 1910. He served aboard the battleship USS Kansas, the torpedo boat USS Biddle, and the destroyer USS Terry before reporting to the Naval Aviation Camp on the grounds of the Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, for training in aviation in 1913. On 6 June of that year, he was promoted to Lieutenant, junior grade, and designated Naval Aviator No. 14.
In 1915 and 1916, Saufley's assignments were concerned with the technological development of naval aviation. Concentrating on "hydro-aeroplane" (seaplane) development, he set altitude and endurance records and was attempting to better his own record when he died in a plane crash on Santa Rosa Island on a flight out of the Naval Aeronautic Station at Pensacola, Florida on 9 June 1916. His Curtiss Model E hydroplane, AH-8, went down at the 8-hour-51-minute mark of the flight. The Aeronautic Station's commandant, Commander Henry C. Mustin, later faced accusations that his "wrong flying instruction methods" had caused the deaths of Saufley and another aviator, Lieutenant, junior grade, James V. Rockwell.
Saufley is buried at Stanford Cemetery in Stanford, Kentucky.
- LTJG Richard Caswell Saufley at Find A Grave
- history.navy.mil: USS Saufley
- The Filson Historical Quarterly biography