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Flight-Surgeon Captain George R. Hornig of the 61st Fighter Squadron, 56th Fighter Group stands beside ambulance waiting for returning crews. Passed for publication on 29 November 1943 Printed caption attached to print: '"Ace" Flight-Surgeon is combination family physician, foster-father and chaplain. One of the "ace" flight-surgeons in the European Theatre of Operations in Captain George R. Hornig, 32, of Glen Head, Long Island, New York, a combination of family physician, foster-father and chaplain to the pilots, he "looks after" the men who fly the single-engined P-47 Thunderbolt fighters which escort the big bombers into Germany. Officially, it's his job to keep the combat men in tip-top physical condition; see that their equipment, particularly the oxygen apparatus, is functioning properly, and treat their wounds when they come back shot up. To prepare for this he studied aviation medicine - including psychology and plastic surgery - at the Army Air Corps School at Randolph Field, Texas. Associated Press photo shows: Capt. G. Hornig, of Glen Head, Long Island, “ace” flight-surgeon in the European Theatre of Operations, waits for “his boys” to return from a mission.
Flying P-47 Thunderbolts throughout their time stationed in England, the Group, known as "the Wolfpack", had more ace pilots than any other Eighth Air Force Fighter Group. The 56th Fighter Group also destroyed more enemy aircraft in air combat than any...
Military | Captain | Ground Officer
George R ‘Doc’ Hornig was responsible for the wellbeing of the pilots he worked with, administering medicine and conducting health checks to keep them flying.