On this day, September 2, 1944, Navy pilot George Bush is shot down into enemy waters during World War II.
George Bush joined the Navy on June 12, 1942, on his 18th birthday. He received his commission on June 9, 1943, becoming the youngest naval aviator of the time. During World War II, Bush flew torpedo bombers, completing 58 missions.
On a run over Chichi Jima in 1944, his plane was hit by anti-aircraft fire. Bush bailed out and was rescued by a Navy submarine, but tragically, his two crew members were killed. For his service during WWII, Bush was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and three Air Medals.
Photos: Downed pilot George Bush is rescued by the Navy submarine, USS Finback. 9/2/44; Navy Pilot portrait, WWII; USS Finback.
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