March 19th, 1918: 21 year old U.S. Pilot Honored

USS Stephen Potter named for the first U.S. Pilot to shoot down a German aircraft in combat.  He was 21 years old.

USS Stephen Potter named for the first U.S. Pilot to shoot down a German aircraft in combat. He was 21 years old.

On this day in 1918, Ensign Stephen Potter, flying a British F2A flying boat becomes the 1st US pilot to shoot down a German seaplane.
Ensign Stephen Potter, USN (26 December 1896 – 25 April 1918) was a United States Navy officer and earlyNaval Aviator, who was killed in action during World War I. He was a member of the second Yale University unit which left college in April 1917 to enter naval aviation. He was a native of Saginaw, Michigan.
Potter trained with Volunteer Aerial Coast Patrol Unit No. 2 at Buffalo, N.Y., and was commissioned ensign on November 2, 1917.  Ensign Potter volunteered to go overseas immediately and was assigned to the Advanced School at Montchic, Gironde, France. He was later assigned to the British Royal Naval Air Station at Felixstowe,England.
As second pilot to a British captain on North Sea service, Ensign Potter won the distinction of being the first American naval aviator to shoot down a German seaplane. He flew from the North Sea Station on April 25, 1918 in company with another plane.
The pair spotted two German planes heading toward them approximately six miles from North Hinder Light.  Five additional enemy planes joined them, and together the seven German combatants attacked the two British aircraft. Ensign Potter perished after his plane was shot down in the ensuing action.  Potter was only 21.
The World War II destroyer USS Stephen Potter  (1943–1972), was named in his honor.   Pictured is the USS Stephen Potter.
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