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|*The value given for each signature has been calculated by us based on the historical significance and rarity of the signature. Values of many pilot signatures have risen in recent years and will likely continue to rise as they become more and more rare.|
George H Maynor
*Signature Value : £25
|Aviation Machinist 1st Class aboard USS Hornet at the time of the Doolittle Raid. As Plane Captain he was directly involved with the B-25 Mitchell bombers and was on the flight deck when the Raiders took off. Entering the US Navy in May 1941 he joined the crew of the recently commissioned USS Hornet CV-8 immediately after training. As a Plane Captain assigned to GQ he was in charge of a team responsible for the maintenance of TBD Devastators and then TBM Avengers of Torpedo Squadron 8 (VT-8). He was directly involved with the preparation of the B-25 Mitchells for the Doolittle Raid and was on the Hornet's flight deck to witness their departure. As a crew member of the Hornet he saw action at the Battle of the Coral Sea, Guadalcanal and Midway and during the Hornet's final battle, when she was sunk at Santa Cruz on October 26th 1942., he was lucky to escape when the destroyer that rescued him was strafed by a Japanese fighter. He subsequently served on the USS Juneau and USS Nassau (CV-16) and was awarded a Presidential Unit Citation.|
*Signature Value : £10
|Jack Morrissey enlisted in the US Navy in June 1941, quickly rising to become Aviation Machinist Mate 1st Class and was soon operating as a Naval Aviation Pilot flying the PBY Catalina. Posted to Midway Naval Air Station he fle combat operation PBY-5s throughout the Battle of Midway in June 1942, rescuing American airmn that had been shot down, and went on to fly the SBD Dauntless. During his service, he was shot down once but by the end of the war had managed to notch up over 4500 flying hours. He was awarded 3 Presidential Citations and left the service at the end of the war.|
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