In Missoula, Montana, John Craighead celebrated his 100th Birthday. John played an important part in naval pilot survival training and is the author of one of the “most critical survival guides ever written for pilots and everyday hikers.” John Craighead and his brother were recruited by the Navy as Ensigns to teach survival skills to pilots. They served here in Chapel Hill with the Navy’s Pre-flight Training Program at the University of North Carolina.
John Craighead and his late twin brother, Frank, co-authored How to Survive on Land and Sea “the flagship survival guide for pilots during World War II.” Many military veterans and ecologists do not know of their efforts.
Their story was shared by the Missoulian and is a must read for our local navy history buffs. It was published this week and it is available on-line. It includes photos from their survival program from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Read story
Related story: The Brothers Wild, Washington Post, November 11, 2007