Naval History and Heritage Command

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Notable Aviators


Photo #: 208-PU-14842  Lieutenant Edward Henry ("Butch") O'Hare, USN
Lieutenant Edward Henry "Butch" O'Hare, USN, seated in the cockpit of his Grumman F4F Wildcat fighter, circa spring 1942. The plane is marked with five Japanese flags, representing the five enemy bombers he was credited with shooting down as they attempted to attack Lexington (CV-2) northeast of the Solomon Islands on 20 February 1942. The censor has blanked out the Fighting Squadron Three "Felix the Cat" insignia below the windshield. (Photograph from the Office of War Information collection in the US National Archives, 208-PU-14842)

 

This list includes pioneers, record setters, a President of the United States and Medal of Honor recipients. This page is not all inclusive. Information will be added as it becomes available. 

Patrick Bellinger 

Richard E. Byrd

George H.W. Bush

Theodore G. Ellyson


Lieutenant Theodore G. Ellyson and Lieutenant John H. Towers
Lt. Theodore G. Ellyson and Lt. John H. Towers flying the Curtiss/Navy A-2 aircraft, at Hammondsport, New York, in August 1911. (Courtesy of the Naval Historical Foundation, Collection of Commander T. G. Ellyson, NH 95638)


Photo #: NH 97093  Lieutenant (Junior Grade) Thomas J. Hudner, USN
Lt. j.g. Thomas J. Hudner, USN, receives congratulations from President Harry S. Truman, after he was presented with the Medal of Honor in ceremonies at the White House, Washington, D.C. Photograph is dated 13 April 1951. (Official US Navy photograph, from the collections of the Naval History and Heritage Command, NH 97093)


RADM. William A. Moffett, USN
RADM. William A. Moffett, USN. View taken while chief of the Bureau of Aeronautics in 1928. Note parachute harness, flying helmet and two-starred flag on the plane behind. Aircraft is a Douglas DT-2. (NH 50867)


Photo #: NH 47278  Lieutenant Commander Albert C. Read, USN
Lt. Cmdr. Albert C. Read, USN, commander of the seaplane NC-4, with Mrs. Read at Hoboken, New Jersey, on 28 June 1919, just after he had stepped ashore from Zeppelin, which had brought the crews of the NC flying boats home from Europe to receive a royal welcome in New York City. (Naval History and Heritage Command photograph NH 47278)


Two of the returned prisoners of war step from the second U.S. Air Force C-141 to leave Hanoi, at Clark Air Force Base, Philippine Islands, in February 1973. They are: Colonel Robinson Risner, USAF (waving), and Captain James Stockdale, USN. Their escorts are Major Leroy W. Thornal, USAF, and Lieutenant Commander Elman J. Parrie, USN.
Two of the returned prisoners of war step from the second U.S. Air Force C-141 to leave Hanoi, at Clark Air Force Base, Philippine Islands, in February 1973. They are: Col. Robinson Risner, USAF (waving), and Capt. James Stockdale, USN. Their escorts are Maj. Leroy W. Thornal, USAF, and Lt. Cmdr. Elman J. Parrie, USN. (USN 1155662)

Published: Wed Apr 24 10:19:55 EDT 2019