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The Iowa Pre-Flight Seahawks represented the U.S. Navy pre-flight school at the University of Iowa in the college football seasons of 1942, 1943, and 1944.

Iowa Pre-Flight Seahawks football

History Edit

The U.S. Navy commissioned pre-flight schools at the University of Georgia, the University of Iowa, the University of North Carolina and Saint Mary's College in 1942. Cadets were given three months of rigorous physical training and instruction in basic aerial navigation and communications. Graduates were sent to basic flight schools and advanced flight training before assignment to the Pacific Fleet.

Athletics and training were emphasized at the schools. It was believed that the rigors of college football were ideal preparation for World War II. Numerous collegiate and professional athletes and coaches were recruited as instructors. They often played on or coached the football team of their respective school. Each team usually played established football powers in their respective region and other service academies.

Iowa Pre-Flight was coached by former Minnesota coach Bernie Bierman in 1942 and went 7-3. The Seahawks were coached by former Missouri coach Don Faurot in 1943 and went 9-1. They finished second in the final Associated Press Poll and were named the service academy national champion. Iowa Pre-Flight was coached by former Auburn coach Jack Meagher in 1944 and went 10-1. They finished sixth in the final Associated Press Poll.

Jim Tatum and Bud Wilkinson both served as assistant coaches for the Seahawks under Faurot. Tatum went on to coach at Oklahoma and Maryland. While at Maryland, Tatum recorded a national championship, three conference championships, and a 73–15–4 record without a single losing season. Wilkinson went on to coach at Oklahoma, where he set an NCAA record with 47 consecutive wins.[1]

Seasons Edit

1942 Edit

Date Opponent City Result Score
September 19 Kansas Lawrence Win 61-0
September 26 Northwestern Evanston Win 20-12
October 3 Minnesota Minneapolis Win 7-6
October 10 Michigan Ann Arbor Win 26-14
October 17 Notre Dame South Bend Loss 0-28
October 31 Indiana Bloomington Win 26-6
November 7 Fort Knox Louisville Win 13-7
November 21 Nebraska Iowa City Win 46-0
November 28 Ohio State Columbus Loss 12-41
December 5 Missouri Kansas City Loss 0-7

1943 Edit

Date Opponent City Result Score
September 18 Illinois Champaign Win 32-18
September 25 Ohio State Columbus Win 28-13
October 2 Iowa State Ames Win 33-13
October 9 Iowa Iowa City Win 25-0
October 16 Missouri Kansas City Win 21-6
October 30 Fort Riley Iowa City Win 19-2
November 7 Marquette Milwaukee Win 46-19
November 13 Camp Grant Iowa City Win 28-13
November 20 Notre Dame South Bend Loss 13-14
November 27 Minnesota Minneapolis Win 32-0

1944 Edit

Date Opponent City Result Score
September 16 Michigan Ann Arbor Loss 7-12
September 23 Minnesota Minneapolis Win 19-13
September 30 Olathe Iowa City Win 45-12
October 7 Second Air Force Lincoln Win 12-6
October 14 Purdue West Lafayette Win 13-6
October 22 Fort Warren Iowa City Win 30-0
October 29 Marquette Milwaukee Win 26-0
November 4 Tulsa Tulsa Win 47-27
November 11 Bunker Hill Iowa City Win 33-7
November 18 Missouri Columbia Win 51-7
November 25 Iowa Iowa City Win 30-6

See alsoEdit

Footnotes Edit

  1. Gary King, The Forgotten Man of Oklahoma Football: Jim Tatum, Sooner Magazine, University of Oklahoma Foundation, Inc., Spring 2008, retrieved 17 December 2008.

External linksEdit

  • Duckworth, Gregg (1988-09-07), "Iowa Pre-Flight", Voice of the Hawkeyes
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