Saturday, December 1, 2018

Fair Winds and Following Seas

He was a Navy pilot with Torpedo Squadron VT-51 during the Second World War. Later he entered government service. Fair winds and following seas, Lt. Bush.


4 comments:

Jess said...

I can't imagine the feeling of splashing into the sea after a dogfight. That, or the wait for a hopeful rescue.

Bush was the last President to understand the consequences of not being vigilant.

libertyman said...

I believe he was the youngest Naval aviator ever. I think his call sign was "George Hebert Walker Bush" as no one had seen such a patrician name like that before.

libertyman said...

"George Herbert Walker Bush"

libertyman said...

Upon further research...


Chuck Downey, of Poplar Grove, Ill., lived through 17 bombing missions, two kamikaze attacks and the sight of several friends being shot down by the enemy – all as the youngest Naval Aviator of World War II.

For years, former President George H.W. Bush, a TBM Avenger Torpedo Bomber pilot, thought he was the youngest Naval Aviator of the war. But Downey has the President beat by 11 days, a fact the President has since acknowledged. Today, Downey is nearly 89 and still going strong.

Downey was born Aug. 2, 1924, in Bridgeport, Conn., and loved aviation from the start. “I can remember, at three years old, listening with my parents to our radio in our family’s dining room for word of Charles Lindberg’s flight across the Atlantic,” he says. “I was just as excited as they were.”