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Original caption reads: "Taken in air of Melka and Hutchinson, Pilot and Assistant Pilot, Flying Boat, H.S.1."; no date or photographer listed.
Coast Guard Aviator # 11 Leonard M. Melka, USCG and Naval Aviator # 203 Lester B. Hutchinson, USN, probably circa 1918. The Curtiss flying boat they are flying may have been based at NAS Rockaway Beach, New York, since this photo came from the files of AM2 Arthur Brisbee Davidson who was stationed there during World War I. Melka, a pioneering Coast Guard aviator, was one of the first Coast Guard graduates of flight training at Pensacola in 1917. He died in 1936 from injuries sustained in a 1929 aircraft accident.
Courtesy of the Navy Memorial.