US WW2 NAVY PILOT’S FOOTLOCKER GROUPING – TOOK PART IN THE SEARCH FOR AMELIA EARHART AND LATER FOUGHT IN THE PHILIPPINES

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The items in this group belonged to Mr. Wayne Jordan who served as a pilot in the US Navy from 1936 to 1966. Early in his service, while assigned as an aviation cadet aboard the USS COLORADO, he took part in the search for the world famous aviatrix Amelia Earhart and her navigator Fred Noonan who went missing during an around the world flight in July of 1937.

Wayne Jordan born in Wateska, Illinois in 1911. He attended Perdue University and graduated in 1935.

In 1936 Jordan joined the Navy Reserve and trained to be a pilot. Between 1937-1938 he is listed as a Navy Aviation Cadet aboard the USS COLORADO. It was at this time that he took part in the search for Amelia Earhart around the Phoenix Islands, and in 1939 he was commissioned an ensign and assigned as an instructor at the Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida.

February of 1940 saw Jordan promoted to Lieutenant (jg) in the inactive Navy Reserve. At this time he went to work as a pilot for Braniff Airlines.

With the start of World War Two Jordan was ordered back to active duty as Lieutenant (jg) at the Naval Reserve Air Base Chicago, Illinois.

By August of 1944 he was a lieutenant commander and assigned as Operations Officer, Commander of Air Support Control Units for 3rd Amphibious Corps aboard the USS MT. OLYMPUS for the invasion of the Philippines. He served in that capacity until October of 1945 when he was assigned to inactive duty.

In 1949 Lieutenant Commander Jordan was sent to Miramar, California for training flights on helicopters. In 1956 he was promoted to Commander in the Navy Reserve and was retired at that rank in 1966.

Wayne Jordan died in 1994 and is buried in Oak Hill Cemetery in his hometown of Wateska, Illinois.

This grouping contains the following items:

 

UNIFORMS

Khaki, unlined, four- pocket Navy officer’s blouse with lieutenant (jg) rank in black on each cuff. Left chest has pair of pinback 2.75-inch gold Navy wings hallmarked “IMPERIAL” and “H-H.” The name “JORDAN” can be seen written vertically on the interior upper back seam of the blouse. All buttons are present. Item is in very nice, clean condition with only minor surface dirt from age, storage and wear.

Blue wool double-breasted three-pocket Navy officer’s blouse with commander’s rank insignia on each cuff done in gold bullion. On the left chest, just above the pocket, is a 2.75-inch, 10K gold pair of Navy wings hallmarked “H-H.” They are fastened to the uniform with dimpled clutches. Below the wings are three wide campaign ribbons for American Defense, Asiatic-Pacific Theater with 3 campaign stars and American Theater ribbons. These are anchored by two smoothed faced clutches. All buttons are present. Blouse interior has maker’s label for MARSHALL FIELD AND CO… CHICAGO. Tag in pocket has “JORDAN” in period ink. Exterior is in excellent condition and is very clean. Interior is also excellent.

Green wool four-pocket Naval aviators’ blouse and trousers. Blouse has lieutenant commander’s rank on each cuff with sewn on 2.75-inch Navy aviator’s wings sewn to a blue cloth backing above the left pocket. Interior has maker’s label for S. W. RICE INC… ANNAPOLIS, MD. & PENSACOLA, FLA. Label on inside breast pocket is marked “CADET JORDAN” and dated NOV. 10 – 36.” Exterior is in very nice condition showing only minor wear from age and use. All buttons are present. Interior has a nice quilted lining also in very good condition. Matching green trousers have no maker’s label but are marked “JORDAN” in the waistband.

Navy officer’s khaki overseas cap with Lt (jg) bar on one side and small 1.50 inch Navy wings on the other. Cap is in excellent condition.

MEDALS

Bar of five mounted medals consisting of the Navy Reserve Long Service, American Defense, American Theater, Asiatic – Pacific with 2 stars and World War Two Victory. Medals are sewn to a bar that has dimpled clutch fasteners.

Single bar of three ribbons, American Theater, Asiatic-Pacific with 2 stars and Philippine Liberation with one star. Bar is fastened by dimpled clutches.

Single bar of two ribbons, American Defense and U. S. Navy Reserve Long Service. Bar is fastened by dimpled clutches.

Single bar of three ribbons, U. S. Navy Reserve Long Service, American Defense and American Theater. Bar is fastened by one dimpled and one smooth-faced clutch.

Single bar of three ribbons, World War Two Victory, Philippine Liberation with 2 stars and the Navy & Marine Corps medal. Bar is fastened by two dimpled clutches.

 

FLIGHT GEAR

Full-length leather M-69D flying jacket with fur collar and complete with belt. The overall condition of this jacket is outstanding. The fur collar is perfect and the leather is strong and supple. Zippers operate properly. Jacket zippers shut diagonally from lower center upwards toward the right shoulder. Right front panel folds inside the left and has an interior button to hold it in place. All the leather belt loops are present and in good condition. Belt has gromet lined adjustment holes and a leather covered keeper. Interior is lined with a brown nylon type material from neck to waist. The maker’s label has separated from the lining in the neck and is no longer present. Bottom of the interior is lined with heavy brown fur. This is a hard to find item in outstanding condition.

The group also contains two pairs of early flight goggles. The first is a pair of U.S. Navy Mark I goggles complete with head strap and orange tinted lenses in excellent condition. The bridge between the eye pieces is marked “MKI PILOT.” The rubber face shield has dried and curled some but otherwise the condition is excellent. The other pair of goggles in the set are U.S. Navy Mark II goggles with clear lenses, black head strap and chamois face shield in excellent condition. The bridge of the goggles is marked “MKII PILOT.”

Very nice conditioned leather flight helmet lined with chamois with complete chinstrap. Helmet is solid with no openings at the ears with three good conditioned keepers on the back for the goggle strap. Interior tag reads “NAF1032 CONTRACT 1008-A R.G. INC.”

Fur lined leather flight helmet complete with cup style leather chinstrap and leather straps at each ear fastened by a “Lift The Dot” snap device. Interior label reads “NAF1092W-72” over “CONTRACT NO.” over “N156 S-16956.” Item is in excellent condition.

Pair Type MA-1 dark brown leather flying gloves with brown wool inserts in excellent condition. Five-finger gloves with leather that is smooth and supple. Interior is marked with maker and contract number.

Square leather tab meant to be sewn to the left chest of a flight jacket. It has a 3.00 inch pair of Navy wings and “WAYNE JORDAN  CDR USNR” stamped in gold.

Pair of headset receivers marked Western Electric 588A and “W. JORDAN.”

Wonderful pair of early leather flight boots believed to be the type M-360A made entirely of leather with a shearling lined interior. The boots have a lace-up back with “TALON” marked zippers on the front. Soles are smooth, flat leather. Interior has a makers mark of “BOW’S MOCCASIN SHOE CO. No. 57443.” There are no nomenclature tags but the exteriors of the boots, up by the ankle, are clearly marked “USN.” Leather has some light surface dirt and minor paint spatter. The zippers are working but are a little stiff. All seams are tight.

 

PAPER & DOCUMENTS

Neptuni Rex document filled out in ink for Jordan when he crossed the equator aboard the USS MT. OLYMPUS on September 30, 1944 on his way to action in the invasion of the Philippines. The document is nicely mounted in the decoupage style on a heavy oak backing that meas. approx. 23.00 x 18.25 x 0.75 inch. The preprinted document is decorated with a likeness of Neptune at top center surrounded by sea horses with mermaids in the lower corners. Condition is excellent.

Small wallet sized card made out to Jordan as a Lieutenant Commander for the Domain of The Golden Dragon

Small wallet sized card made out to Jordan as a Lieutenant Commander for the OMIAS dated September 14, 1952.

Small wallet sized card made out to Jordan as a Lieutenant Commander for the United States Navy Reserve dated August 25, 1945.

Small wallet sized card made out to Jordan as a Lieutenant Commander showing that he was allowed to wear the American Area Service Ribbon; Asiatic-Pacific Ribbon with 2 stars; Philippine Liberation Ribbon with 2 stars and the American Defense Ribbon. Dated August 13, 1945.

Small wallet sized card made out to Jordan as a Lieutenant Commander stating he is qualified for instrument flying for the year 1948-1949.

Small wallet sized card made out to Jordan as an Ensign showing him qualified in single engine aircraft and qualified for instrument flying. Dated February 20, 1940.

Small wallet sized card made out to Jordan as a member of the Ancient Order of the Deep - Domain of Neptunus Rex for crossing the equator aboard the USS COLORADO in 1937.

Small wallet sized card made out to Jordan as a Lieutenant Commander for the Ancient Order of the Deep - Domain of Neptunus Rex while on board the USS MT. OLYMPUS in 1944

Small wallet sized card made out to Jordan by the FCC allowing Jordan to use a radiotelephone Dated October 29, 1945.

Small wallet sized card being Jordan’s laminated Navy Inactive Reserve ID card.

A Navy Department Folder titled “OFFICER’S QUALIFICATION RECORD JACKET” which contains a Xerox copy of a page from Jordan’s flight log showing his flights looking for Amelia Earhart. The rest of the documents in the jacket are originals giving Jordan’s stations, awards and training in a succinct fashion.

Newspaper clipping from the August 10, 1945 edition of the IROQUOIS COUNTY TIMES with a headline that reads “LT. CDR. WAYNE JORDAN HELPS DIRECT CARRIER BASED PLANES” discussing Jordan’s war history and his service in the Philippines.

8 x 10 document of service for World War 2 signed by James Forrestal, Secretary of the Navy.

8 x 10 commission as Ensign dated July 1, 1939

8 x 10 commission as Lieutenant (jg) dated February 9, 1940

1937 copy of the R.O.T.C. CRUISE ISSUE “THE COLORADO”

Xeroxed copy of a page of typed notes kept by Jordon on his three flights searching for Amelia Earhart.

Document title “SUBPEONA & SUMMONS EXTRAORDINARY – THE ROYAL HIGH COURT OF THE RAGING MAIN.”

July 3, 1938 letter written by Jordan to his father posted from the USS COLORADO

Paperback book titled “USS COLORADO…THE LOG OF ONE CRUISE INTO THE DOMAIN OF HIS ROYAL HIGHNESS NEPTUNUS REX MAY 20, 1936.” Book meas. approx. 8.50 x 11.25 inches and runs 47 pages. It is named to Mr. Jordan in several places. Volume is profusely illustrated and lists the officers and crew of the COLORADO.

Copy of the FIVE STAR WEEKLY AND FEATURE SECTION” from the August 21, 1937 issue of the HONOLULU STAR-BULLETIN with pictures of the pilots from the USS COLORADO, including Mr. Jordan and giving an account of their participation of the search for Amelia Earhart.

PHOTOGRAPHS

Xerox copy photo of the USS COLORADO meas. 5.50 x 3.50 inches mounted on heavy stock.

Oval Xerox copy of Mr. Jprdan wearing his flight jacket and khaki overseas cap which is present in this group. Photo is mounted on heavy stock and meas. approx. 4.50 x 7.00 inches.

Copy photo of a seaplane in the water awaiting recovery. Meas. 5.00 x 3.50 inches.

Two photos of Jordan wearing his flight jacket and khaki overseas cap which is present in this group. One is in a modern frame and meas. approx. 9.00 x 11.00 inches while the other is mounted in a binder which holds several documents.

8 x 10 photograph of a Curtiss SBC-4 Helldiver

8 x 10 photograph of three Curtiss SBC-4 Helldivers in flight

Xerox of 8 x 10 photograph of Jordan in his blue uniform with wings

Xerox copy of a photo showing Jordon passing through his initiation as a “shellback”

3.50 x 5.00 inch photo of a seaplane being hoisted onto a ship

MISCELLANEOUS

Single Navy dog tag marked with Jordan’s name, rank, “USNR-A” designation and “T-9/41” date on a rope string hanger.

Pair of later dog tags on beaded chain. Tags have Jordan’s name and rank as “LCDR,” blood type and “USNR” “P” for protestant and serial number “75877.”

Also in the group are two pieces of Army headgear. Since Mr. Jordan was a Navy officer we have no idea why these two pieces of Army headgear are with the group but they are both in nice condition. The first is a khaki Army Air Force enlisted man’s overseas cap with the aquamarine and gold piping and a satin interior lining. The exterior has darkened some with age but is otherwise nice. The interior lining and sweatband are very good, however there is an area of glue residue from a removed label or tag. The second piece of headgear is a khaki Army officer’s visor cap. The exterior is in excellent condition with very minor light surface dirt from age and storage. Cap has a brown visor and chinstrap and is complete with the brass eagle insignia on the front of the crown. Interior has an excellent sweatband and lining.

Silver Navy insignia for the overseas cap consisting of a spread-winged eagle perched on a patriotic shield superimposed over two brass crossed anchors. Meas. approx. 1.25 x 1.25 inches.

Green metal footlocker stenciled with Wayne Jordan’s name and “NAS PENSACOLA, FLA.”

A wonderful complete group from a pilot who was one of the first to search for Amelia Earhart and who had an interesting wartime career.  [ad] [ph:L]

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