I’m often asked if the AAF Collection has information on a specific person. The collection does have hundreds of training class books. These are like high school year books, except they were produced for a training class at a particular Army Air Field or other training facility. Classes lasted anywhere from four to ten, or even twenty, weeks. Separate classes sometimes overlapped their training at the same base.
Thus at a particular facility, there may have been dozens of class books produced during a given year. Once a class graduated, cadets were generally stationed at another Army Air Field to begin their next class. For example pilots underwent pre-flight, then Primary Flight, then Basic Flight, and then Advanced Flight classes, all at separate Air Fields.
Unfortunately I do not have additional information or records about individual cadets or instructors beyond what you see in the class books. At one time I wanted to index the names and hometowns of those pictured in the class books. That would now be a monumental undertaking, but I may do so in the coming years.
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