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 This photo was take in 1944 at the Pantlind Hotel (now The Amway Grand) in Grand Rapids, MI. If ya guess who it is I'll share more details.... :) Pretty neat little historical fact.



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Having previously earned a private pilot's license, Sergeant Autry decided to become a flight officer. Following basic training at the Santa Ana Air Force Base, and serving at Luke Field, Thunderbird Field, and Phoenix Airport, he was accepted for flight training at Love Field in Dallas. On June 21, 1944, Autry won his wings and was promoted to Flight Officer. He was attached to the 91st Ferrying Squadron of the 555th Army Air Base Unit, Air Transport Command, at Love Field. Flight Officer Autry served in that squadron from July 1942 to October 1945. While in the service, he continued to perform. He was honorably discharged in 1946.

From U-S-History.com


I reckon he was Sky KIng before Sky King was.

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OK - good job gentlemen - here's the neat little fact to add to UB's post:


-Autry was inducted into the Army Air Forces as a Technical Sergeant during a live broadcast on his radio show "Melody Ranch" on July 26, 1942.-


The photo in the OP was taken 4-10-44


GG ~ :FlagAm:

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