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WWI-WWII US NAVAL AVIATOR ID BOOKS and CERTIFICATES - 1917-1944


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#1 KASTAUFFER

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Posted 24 January 2013 - 10:39 AM

Mark Leonard asked me to do a thread on Naval Aviator ID cards, and thought it was a great idea. In this thread I am going to post all of the different types of cards I have , in chronological order .

Naval Aviator ID's were presented once training was complete and served as a " pilots license" while in the Navy. They seem to be fairly scarce, even the WWII dated ones.

I will start off with the 1st and best one:

ID Card and wallet to NAVAL AVIATOR # 141 dated 1917. He also earned the Navy Cross in WWI. This is the earliest ID I have seen in private hands, but am hoping someone here on the forum can post an even earlier one.

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Posted 24 January 2013 - 10:42 AM

ID Card and wallet to NAVAL AVIATOR # 2706 dated 1919. He also was one of the first pilots to take off and land on the 1st Navy aircraft carrier, the USS Langley.

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Posted 24 January 2013 - 10:42 AM

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Posted 24 January 2013 - 10:44 AM

ID Card and wallet to NAVAL AVIATOR # 3030 dated 1922 . He was also a pioneer Lighter Than Air pilot earning Aviator # 218 in Jan. 1918. This rating here is for his Heavier than Air certification.

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Posted 24 January 2013 - 10:46 AM

NAVAL AVIATION PILOT ( Enlisted Pilot ) ID # 131 dated 1926 . This one is very early and extremelly rare.

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Posted 24 January 2013 - 10:48 AM

ID Card and wallet to NAVAL AVIATOR # 4529 dated 1930

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Posted 24 January 2013 - 10:51 AM

ID Card and wallet to NAVAL AVIATOR # 5715 dated 1938 . He was later KIA during WWII as the CO of VC-93 .

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Posted 24 January 2013 - 10:52 AM

ID Card and wallet to NAVAL AVIATOR # 9618 dated 1941. He later was killed in an aircraft accident in 1943.

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Posted 24 January 2013 - 10:55 AM

ID Card and wallet to NAVAL AVIATOR # P353 dated 1942 . The P prefix was used for Pensacola graduates during WWII.

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Posted 24 January 2013 - 10:56 AM

ID Card and wallet to NAVAL AVIATOR # P-2407 dated 1943

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Posted 24 January 2013 - 10:58 AM

ID Card and wallet to NAVAL AVIATOR # P-3756 dated 1943 . he served with VF-17 and VF-40 and was KIA in Jan 1944.

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Posted 24 January 2013 - 11:01 AM

NAVAL AVIATION PILOT ( enlisted pilot) # 37-43 dated 1943 . He died during WWII, but I have not been able to determine how.

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Posted 24 January 2013 - 11:04 AM

And the last one, while not a pilot, is a rare example.

US Navy FLIGHT SURGEON ID card and Wallet # 655 dated 1944 . The low number should indicate how scarce these are. He later served as a Flight Surgeon to USMC Fighter squadrons.

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Posted 24 January 2013 - 11:05 AM

Thats all for now! If you have any examples please add them to this thread.

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Posted 24 January 2013 - 07:03 PM

Hey Kurt
I want to thank you for posting this, I will be looking at it ten times a day for a good while.It's hard to pick a favorite but I keep going back to Stocker, Daly,and Babbitt, but everyone is great.I have never seen a flght sergeon I.D, that is way cool !
Mark

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Posted 27 January 2013 - 06:33 PM

Ens Donald E. Allison #C-22877 Nov 1944.

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Posted 28 January 2013 - 08:03 AM

I've got 3, but here is my best example.

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Posted 28 January 2013 - 01:42 PM

Sorry, it's been one of those days. Just finishing this one up.

Double Ace and Navy Cross winner.

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Posted 28 January 2013 - 02:15 PM

VERY NICE! I love the early permanent citation too.

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Posted 28 January 2013 - 07:38 PM

Terrific subject matter Kurt. You and the others have posted some outstanding examples. I've never seen a USN Flight Surgeon ID...and the Enlisted Aviator ID is truely top-shelf stuff!

Here's Naval Aviator # P543.

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Posted 28 January 2013 - 07:44 PM

Dated November 1942, this ID was produced a month after Kurt's ID illustrated in post #9. It's signed bt the same Commandant at N.A.S. Pensacola.

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Posted 28 January 2013 - 07:56 PM

George Jewett was a career Navy man. He was a Naval Aviation Observer (Radar) in 1945, then became a Naval Aviator after the war, hence the two ID's. Not sure why his N.A.O. identification has two dates, 28 September 1945 and 29 April 1947?

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Posted 28 January 2013 - 07:59 PM

Naval Aviation Observer (Radar).

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Posted 28 January 2013 - 08:03 PM

Naval Aviation Observer (Radar).

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Posted 28 January 2013 - 08:07 PM

1950 dated Naval Aviator ID to the same man.

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