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President George H.W. Bush

Undated photo of future United States President George H.W. Bush as a United States Navy pilot seated in the cockpit of an Avenger.  Bush enlisted in the U.S. Navy as a Seaman 2nd Class, on his 18th birthday, June 12, 1942.   He received his wings and commission in June, 1943  while still 18 years old.  He was the youngest pilot in the Navy at that time. On active duty from August 1942 to September 1945, during World War II, Mr. Bush flew torpedo bombers off the USS San Jacinto. On September 2, 1944, Mr. Bush's plane was hit by anti-aircraft fire while making a bombing run over the Bonin Island of Chichi Jima, 600 miles south of Japan. Although the plane was afire and severely damaged, he completed his strafing run on the targeted Japanese installation before flying towards sea to bail out. Mr. Bush was able to bail out successfully and was rescued by a Navy submarine, the USS Finback. Tragically, his two crew members were killed. For his courageous service in the Pacific Theater, Mr. Bush was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and three Air Medals. .Credit: White House via CNP
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President George H.W. Bush in World War 2
Undated photo of future United States President George H.W. Bush as a United States Navy pilot seated in the cockpit of an Avenger. Bush enlisted in the U.S. Navy as a Seaman 2nd Class, on his 18th birthday, June 12, 1942. He received his wings and commission in June, 1943 while still 18 years old. He was the youngest pilot in the Navy at that time. On active duty from August 1942 to September 1945, during World War II, Mr. Bush flew torpedo bombers off the USS San Jacinto. On September...
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From gallery: President George H.W. Bush
Source: Consolidated News Photos
Date: 1 Jan 1945
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Credit: White House via CNP
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