Shared Photo: Aviators Flight Log Book, May 1945

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I wanted to share this family photo of my Dad's Aviators Flight Log Book with the community. Location: Pacific, World War II. Date: May 1945.

As my wife was looking through the Book, she noticed several places HER dad was in the Pacific. As of yet, my brother and I cannot identify the fleet Dad was attached to (Naval Air Corps), though my wife's dad served on the USS Blue Ridge [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS_Blue_Ridge_(AGC-2)]] as a Lt. jg. communications officer.

I can see two bombing runs listed here and on other pages. However, most of the runs just mention "to and from."  One lists a mission to look for a lost ship, and others mention anti-sub missions. The PBY6A was a beautiful plane. [[http://www.historyofwar.org/articles/weapons_PBY-6A_catalina.html]] and the next for a photo [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Consolidated_PBY_Catalina]]

My Dad was not the pilot, being a Seaman 1st Class. My brother said that his job was navigation. My dad once told me that one time his plane landed with anti-aircraft holes in the fusilage. 

I want to see if I can identify some of the other fellas mentioned, but without first names that is going to be difficult. My brother was in contact with one of those mentioned who told him an interesting story about Dad taking a fighter up for a test run (probably without permission, but who knows?)

Dad never metioned much about his time during the war. The Log Book is a view into my Dad's time in the Pacific. I also have Dad's address book that he started keeping during the war, and I have identified some of those fellas. I need to start a "space" for the research.

Dad's birthday was this past July 14th. He would have been 95. He died of Alzheimer's Disease in 1991.


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Here is some more info:: off ww2 draft card,born July 19 1923,signed

 up

age 18,Employed by Rex Hanover Mills.If you have his service #,Contact

Navy too obtain his full service record.You will need too have your info

as too your relationship signed by a Notary Public.
by Wayne Morgan G2G6 Pilot (917k points)
Thanks, Wayne! I am worried about the St. Louis fire that destroyed so many WW II personnel records. I was able to find one record online that had him listed on a ship in Seattle before he deployed. His address he wrote in the front of the log book gave an APO of San Francisco, but that was everybody’s address in the Pacific, I think. I have some connections with the Navy that might help lea me to more info.

Both my grandparents were textile mill workers, disparagingly called “lint heads.” My dad went to work at Rex Hanover as soon as he graduated from high school to help support the family. He was the oldest brother. I think he was glad to enter the military to get out of Gastonia.

After the war, dad did get some training in textiles and was able to move up to better jobs. Alzheimer’s ended his career as a procurement agent and “cotton tester”. My brothers and I were fourth generation lint heads, though all of us ended up in different careers as adults.

The log book is limited to just a part of Dad’s service in WW II. He also served during the Korean War in the US Army as a 2nd Lt. He never saw combat because, as the story goes, he was such a good baseball player that Ft. Benning kept him from going overseas.

I have a lot of work to do on his profile. Plenty of sources (that need clarifying), but I need to work on his bio.

Thanks again, Wayne. Much appreciated!

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