Thanks to the generosity of over 50 contributors, the AAF Collection has grown to 400 items! Started back in November 2006, the AAF Collection offers historical documents about the United States Army Air Forces during World War II.
You will now find hundreds of class books with pictures of thousands of cadets as they trained to be pilots, bombardiers, navigators, gunners and radio operators. See the actual training manuals they used. Discover what life was like as an air cadet on dozens of Army Air Fields across the United States.
As the AAF Collection continues to grow, I hope you’ll consider contributing items from your own collection, or that of your parents’, or grandparents’ legacy. Many people enjoy learning about this era in our history.
Thank you, Thank you, Thank you
Thanks to all those who have taken the time and effort to contribute to the collection. Ben Guttery, aviation collector extraordinaire, contributed over half the items you see in the collection. Larry Caldwell contributed many items and he supported this site from its beginning. Stephen Quint and Bronson Gardner have each contributed over ten items.
Thanks to the visitors to this site. I always enjoy hearing that you found a parent, grandparent or relative pictured in an item from the collection. Or, that you found a rare document you were unable to find anywhere else.
A special thanks to all World War II veterans, and the veterans who left a comment here about their experiences during the war.
We’re well on the way toward 500 items. You can keep tabs on the collection via the statistics page, or see What’s New right now.