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George R Hornig


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.

Doc was ‘a combination of family physician, foster-father and chaplain to the pilots’, according to a press photographer who shadowed him on his daily duties at Halesworth, Suffolk. ‘To prepare for this, he studied aviation medicine – including psychology, psychiatry and plastic surgery.’

Doc returned to the United States in October 1945 with souvenirs of his time in Europe, including a Nazi flag and an SS sword. He worked at the North Country Community Hospital in Glen Cove, New York, and died, aged 43, in June 1954.


Units served with

  • 56th Fighter Group

    56th Fighter Group

    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...

  • 61st Fighter Squadron

Associated Place

  • Halesworth

    Military site : airfield
    Halesworth was constructed in 1942-1943. Initially planned as a bomber airfield, its location close to the Suffolk coast meant that it was in an ideal position to operate escort fighters, where range was a critical factor. Consequently, the 56th...


Event Location Date
Born 1911
Worked in North Country Community Hospital Glen Cove, NY, USA 1954
Died Glen Head, NY, USA 1954


Date Contributor Update
23 June 2017 16:13:47 Lucy May Changes to nickname, highest rank, biography, events and place associations

Roger Freeman, 'Wolfpack Warriors', p.240
Obituary in 'Brooklyn Eagle' 4 June 1954 :

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:11:10 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia /