In 1946 after leaving the military, the pilot was unable to secure employment in America, took a position in Mozambique where he worked for 3 years. When the pilot with his wife and newborn son arrived in Europe on their way to Mozambique, they experienced delays in obtaining their visas. During that time, the family traveled from England to France, and then to Spain(where he was from), before making their way back through France to London.
In London they were given inoculations against yellow fever - which were issued on November 26, 1947 by the Welcome Institute in London and then 3 days later a second medical certificate issued at the Cumberland Hotel in London stating that the inoculations were successful.
A certificate issued by Braathens Airlines in Oslo confirms that the family then traveled from London to Johannesburg via Stavanger, Norway on December 4, 1947.
US State Department in NY confirms existence of US passport #154xxx, “U62xxx”, issued on June 24, 1946 which was recalled by US in 1949. (no...I'm not putting that up online...)
Unfortunately the pilot did not locate any of the documents that would have verified his travel to France and Spain - only the documents confirming the passport to leave the US - the documents confirming the travel from London - and the return in 1949. But the pilot did mention that he stayed at a hotel which he could not remember the full name - but that it was Chez something. After researching - there was a hotel - Chez Marcel - that is the same hotel that in Francoise Gilot’s book “Life with Picasso” references as a place that Picasso and his friends would spend a great deal of time during that same time period.