Anyone know about naval aviators serving in 90th Bomb group?

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Nigel
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Anyone know about naval aviators serving in 90th Bomb group?

Post by Nigel » 18 Sep 2020 2055

Thanks to some contributors on this board, I've been able learn extensively about my wife's uncle, 2nd Lt Joseph Horgan. However, there is a single mystery that I can't find information about: I have a photo portrait of him, but he is wearing a white US naval aviator cadet uniform.

I'm pretty much 100% convinced it's a US navy uniform (based on on cap type, emblem, collar, pocket location, epaulet, etc, and indeed it is identical to the photo portrait of George H W Bush: https://www.history.navy.mil/content/hi ... 815995.jpg).

I'm assuming a naval uniform cannot be worn unless you are in the US Navy. Did the 90th Bomb group receive transferred US Navy aviators? Does anyone know anything about this?

Mark Glanville
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Re: Anyone know about naval aviators serving in 90th Bomb group?

Post by Mark Glanville » 14 Dec 2020 1502

He may have started out as a naval Cadet and transferred or re-enlisted. My uncle Paul was in the Army Quartermaster Corps stationed up in Alaska when the war broke out and then re-enlisted in the Air Corps and ended up in the 90th B.G..
Also, I remember reading in one of the 90th BG books about someone taking a Naval pilot up and letting him fly around for a while so he could qualify to get flight pay.

Mark Glanville

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