Badge, Navigator, United States Air Force

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    United States Army Air Force (USAAF) air crew member's badge; one piece stamped wings with the Coat of Arms of United States depicted in center of badge; pin back; regulation size for wear on uniform coat or tunic.

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The United States Army Air Forces air crew member badge was authorized on September 4, 1942 and was issued for members not covered by other badges such as aerial gunner or bombardier.

This badge was issued to Dr. Thomas N. Weems. He served as a navigator on the Martin B-26 Marauder “Winsockie” of 69th Bombardment Squadron. The “Winsockie” was one of the two B-26s of the 69th Bombardment Squadron assigned to Midway Island in June 1942. Equipped with an improvised torpedo bracket, the “Winsockie” along with 4 other B-26s from the 18th Reconnaissance Squadron were the first American aircraft to attack the Japanese carrier fleet on the morning June 4, 1942. Only two of these aircraft returned from the mission. Although the attack was unsuccessful, it was crucial in convincing Adm. Nugumo, to re-arm the Japanese aircraft with torpedoes and armor piercing bombs to contact bombs for a second strike on Midway Island. This decision provided the United States Navy the pivotal time that allowed its carrier aircraft to strike and sink the Japanese aircraft carriers later on morning of June 4, 1942.