Carlton B. Hutchins

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Carlton Barmore Hutchins
Head and shoulders of a white man with wavy hair, wearing a white military jacket with shoulder boards and a winged pin on the left breast.
Hutchins as a lieutenant (junior grade) in 1934
Born (1904-09-12)September 12, 1904
Albany, New York
Died February 2, 1938(1938-02-02) (aged 33)
Allegiance  United States
Service/branch United States Navy
Years of service 1926-1938
Rank Lieutenant
Awards Medal of Honor

Carlton Barmore Hutchins (September 12, 1904 – February 2, 1938) was a U.S. Naval aviator who lost his life in a mid-air collision in 1938. Mortally injured, he was able to remain at the controls and allow his surviving crew to parachute to safety. He was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor.


Hutchins was born in Albany, New York, September 12, 1904, and graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1926. After serving on battleship Pennsylvania until 1928, he underwent flight training at the Naval Aeronautical Station in Pensacola, Florida and was designated a naval aviator in February 1929. During the early 1930s Hutchins flew fighters from Saratoga, scout planes from Concord, and studied aeronautical engineering at the California Institute of Technology.

In 1937, he served with a seaplane squadron in the Caribbean and in November was transferred to Patrol Squadron 11 based on the tender USS Langley (AV3). During fleet exercises February 2, 1938 off the coast of southern California, Lieutenant Hutchins' seaplane collided in mid-air with another PBY.

Lieutenant Hutchins lost his life in the crash and received the Medal of Honor posthumously.


In 1942, the destroyer USS Hutchins (DD-476) was named in his honor.

Medal of Honor citation[edit]

His citation for the Medal of Honor reads:

Although his plane was badly damaged, Lieutenant Hutchins remained at the controls endeavoring to bring the damaged plane to a safe landing and to afford an opportunity for his crew to escape by parachutes. His cool, calculated conduct contributed principally to the saving of the lives of all who survived. His conduct on this occasion was above and beyond the call of duty.

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This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships.