Original U.S. WWII 1937 Amelia Earhart Search Pilot Named Grouping
Original Item: One-of-a-kind. Commander Wayne Jordan graduated with a degree in engineering from Purdue University in June 1935. After graduation Jordan entered the United States Navy as an Aviation Cadet and received his commission as an Ensign in December 1936 at Pensacola Naval Air Station. After earning his wings Jordan was assigned to duty with the Pacific Fleet onboard the Battleship USS Colorado. From the Colorado he flew the Vought OS2U Kingfisher.
In July 1937 the cruise of the Colorado was interrupted with the Search for Amelia Earhart, who along with her and navigator Frederick Noonan that was last heard from on July 2nd. Ensign Jordan was in the very first group, one of six pilots, that flew missions off of the Colorado in search of the Earhart and Noonan.
This grouping includes various reports on the search including an original copy of the Honolulu Star Bulletin dated August 21, 1937. Jordan's photo appears on the front page feature story along with the other five aviators involved in the search. The feature story written by journalist John B. Terry provides a riveting account of the search from the Colorado. The disappearance was arguably one of the most important events in "between the wars aviation" and Wayne Jordan was there on the front lines of the search.
Early during World War II, Lt. Commander Wayne Jordan served as a Pilot in the Naval Air Transport service and later as an Instructor Pilot at the Bunker Hill Naval Air Station. Jordan would later see combat duty onboard the USS Mount Olympus in the Third Amphibious Force of the Pacific Fleet in 1944 and 1945 as Assistant Operations Officer directing carrier based strikes during the Battle of Leyte Gulf and later the Battle of Luzon for which he was awarded the Philippines ribbon with Battle Star.
Commander Jordan would leave active duty in 1945 but remain in the reserves. Wayne Jordan passed away in March 1994.
This is an extensive grouping that is contained in foot locker named to Commander Jordan includes:
1) Full Length Leather Flight Coat (mint) tag removed
2) Mark II Pilot Goggles
3) Pre- War USN Leather Flight Boots
4) Flight Gloves MA-1 with Inserts
5) Shearling Flight Helmet
6) Leather Flight Helmet
7) Ear Phones circa 1940
8) 1930s Flight Goggles
1) WW2 Aviation Greens with Bullion Wings
2) Dress Class A Navy Blue Tunic with Clutch Back Wings & Ribbons
3) 1930s Cotton Tan Uniform (Very Nice)
4) Well Worn Pre-War H&H Wings Marked OROID (Goes with above)
5) Matching Cotton 0/S Cap with insignia
6) Navy Blue Visor Cap
Awards & Dog Tag
1) Wartime Dog Tag 1941
2) Mounted Ribbons
3) Ribbon Bars
4) Pin Back Wings
5) Jacket Patches & Insignia
1) Large Formal Laminated Imperivm Neptvni Regis Document commemorating crossing the equator on the USS Mount Olympus for a "Mission of War'
2) Commission Document as Ensign as of December 1936
3) Commission Document as Lt. jg as of December 1939
4) Certificate of Satisfactory Service dated 1945
5) Qualification Record Jacket (includes Huey rating 1949)
6) Two Aircraft Photos 1939
7) Ships History USS Mount Olympus
8) USS Colorado Cruise History May 20, 1936
9) Copy of Log Book Page For Earhart Search
10) Domain of Neptune Rex Card 1937 USS Colorado
11) Domain of the Golden Dragon Card USS Mount Olympus
12) Domain of Neptune Rex Card 1944 USS Mount Olympus
13) Instrument Rating Card 1940
14) Honolulu Star Bulletin dated August 21, 1937
15) Military ID
Other items such a photos, additional medals, ribbons, insignia, research and much more as seen in the photos.
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