In July 1942, during a live broadcast of his radio show Melody Ranch, singing cowboy movie star Gene Autry was inducted into the Army Air Forces as a Technical Sergeant.
Already holding a private pilot’s license, Autry was eventually accepted for flight training and earned his service pilot wings in 1944. Assigned to the 91st Ferrying Squadron of the 555th Army Air Base Unit, Air Transport Command at Love Field, Texas, he served as a Flight Officer until October 1945.
At the end of the war, Autry transferred to Special Services and travelled with a USO troupe to the South Pacific. Gene Autry was honorably discharged from the service in 1946.