Re:Army Air-Sea Rescue Sq. Gulfport MS 1944 (crash boats school) gradu
Bill....did you receive a diploma for completing the Crash Boat Crs? That too could help prove your AC service. The AC had crash boats, but the Army didn't....I don't believe. The Army had more boats than the Navy but crash boats were totally AC as far as I've been able to determine.
Were you to receive a WO commission upon completion of the school or was there further training required before that would have happened? Just curious. I was aware of a Cicel Nickerson who went to the boat school and was commissioned a WO but I'm unaware if he had other requirements to complete to be commissioned. I believe he was involved in sailing as a civilian prior to the war and that might have had more to do with it than the school.
In the past I've asked the question, could AC personnel be rotated to the Army? Your answer says yes they could. Seems to me the Radio Operator Crs would have pertained more to aviation radio equipment than Army field equipment, but maybe it's all relative. Maybe a radio is a radio no matter who owns it. Dad attended the Radio Operator/Radio Mechanic Crs which I've come to discover was a gateway to Gunnery School, but dad ended up at Control Tower School after that and never saw any WWII service with the Army...just the AC working on the B-24 flightline before ending up on a crash boat. They already had a radio operator so they made him the Engineer. Go figure, I guess he was just excess personnel and they didn't know what to do with him. If not for a lack of points, they could have just sent him home it would seem. At least he didn't end up in the infantry but at some point some did even after completing obvious AC training.
Son of Cpl Charles Caldwell, Engineer Crewman, USAAF Crash Boat P-258, Rey Island, Panama (Pacific side)