B-17 Nine-O-Nine

Sep 292012
 

On CourseHere’s something interesting from On Course!, class 45-14B at the San Angelo Army Air Field.  This class trained at least fifteen black cadets to be bombardiers.  Assigned to Flight 6, they are pictured along with their Bomb-a-dears (wives, sweethearts and children) starting on page 57.

That they are pictured at all, especially with their family members, shows the base was somewhat ahead of its time.  They were still segregated, but they appear in the book like any other cadets.  A cartoon on page 67 emphasizes the situation.  It’s humorous, but still not quite right.

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Nov 152011
 

View a copy of The Gig SheetThe seventieth anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor is this year.  I found a poignant reminder of that tragedy in an item recently added to the AAF Collection.

The Gig Sheet is a class book for advanced pilot training at Kelly Field, Texas.  Class 41-F graduated on August 15, 1941 just three months before the United States entered the war.

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