Re: [PBY] Short Snorter signed by Admiral Halsey - Treasure Island to Honolulu
This may be no help but PanAm had used Treasure Island (site of the SF World's Fair) as their SF base while the Navy used Alameda. When stationed at TI in the 1960s I remember being shown the seaplane ramps which the PanAm planes had used. Also, although Halsey had been a vice-admiral at the time of Pearl Harbor, he didn't have the staff that he later acquired (or constructed) when he commanded Third Fleet. [Admiral Spruance commanded the Fifth Fleet - mostly the same ships but the fleet designation changed depending which one was in command. But that hadn't been worked out by 1943.
--- On Wed, 7/1/09, Steven Kirsher <skirsher@...> wrote:
From: Steven Kirsher <skirsher@...>
Subject: [PBY] Short Snorter signed by Admiral Halsey - Treasure Island to Honolulu
Date: Wednesday, July 1, 2009, 12:43 AMI need some help from any of the old timers in this group. I have
an interesting Short Snorter that I trying to figure out. There are
three names that I have been able to identify. R. J. Nixon (Pan
American Airways Clipper Pilot), W. F. Halsey (Admiral Halsey) and
Harris Cox (Intelligence Officer on Halsey's staff). This was an
April 24, 1943 flight from Treasure Island to Honolulu. Pan
American Airways Pilots were flying for the military so this could
have been either a Navy Clipper flight (Boeing-314 or Martin M-130
Clipper, all the Pan Am Clippers were transferred to military
operations after the war started) or maybe a Navy PBY/PBM flight?.
This is where I need some help form the old timers – does anyone
have an idea of which planes would have been used to transport high
level Navy personnel. Would Halsey have his own plane or would he
have flown on a general NATS flight. Also, if any of the names are
familiar, I would love to find out more about them. A copy of this
Short Snorter can be seen at the online Short Snorter Project (great
web site for those interested).
Short Snorter signed by Admiral Halsey can be found here...
www.shortsnorter. org/John_ Jeppesen_ Short_Snorter. html
Short Snorter Project Home Page www.shortsnorter. org