After dodging Japanese Zero floatplanes, a Navy aviator with a famous name turned his SOC Seagull eastward and set out on a daring two-day flight over the cold North Pacific and rocky Aleutian Islands.
According to Rear Admiral Samuel Eliot Morison, the Aleutians in World War II could easily be termed "the Theatre of Military Frustration. . . . Sailors, soldiers and aviators alike regarded an assignment to this region of almost perpetual mist and snow as little better than penal servitude." But for a Navy aviator named for a famous ancestor, the remote northern island chain would be the setting for an exciting "Aleutian Adventure" that included eluding Japanese planes and flying 600 nautical miles to base.