Grattan C. Dichman
Commander, United States Navy
DIES IN BURNING WRECKAGE AFTER DALL
Glendale, California, October 26, 1924 – A Naval officer, identified as Commander Grattan C. Dichman of the Air Service at San Diego, was burned to death here late today when flames destroyed his plane after it struck a small building. The Assistant Pilot, Chief Machinist Mate Frosio, escaped with slight injuries.
The plane was taking off from Dan Diego. When not more than 25 feet from the ground it struck a small oil pump house and plunged to the ground. Both the plane and the pump house burst into flames and the aviator, caught beneath the wreckage, was burned to death.
NOTE # 1: Commander Dichman was Naval Aviator #30.
NOTE #2: The Commander's wife outlived
him by more than forty years, died in 1965 and is buried with him.
DICHMAN, GRATTAN C
Posted: 8 December 2007