Historical Documents from World War II
Published by the Army Air Forces Training Command Visual Training Department, from technical material furnished by the Army Air Forces Instructors School (Navigator), Selman Field, Monroe, Louisiana. To be used in conjunction with current AAF Training Command memorandum covering Advanced Navigation Training.
This textbook was used to teach advanced navigation at San Marcos Army Air Field in 1944 and 1945. It is extensively illustrated with diagrams to explain virtually all material covered in the text.
- none listed
- Army Air Forces Training Command, circa 1944
- Owner - Includes the name of the original owner
- Selman Field; Monroe, Louisiana, USA
- San Marcos Army Air Field; San Marcos, Texas, USA
- Mike Voisin
- Private Collection
- John E. Voisin
Direct Link (Item 000198):
- Army Air Forces Collection, "Air Navigation" (item 000198), AAF Collection, http://AAFCollection.info/items/list.php?item=000198 (accessed 21 February 2018).
Added: September 21, 2009
This is the complete document except for the fold-out star charts before the inside back cover. Due to its large size, you can view/download this document in the following separate sections, depending on your interests.
Front matter, chapter outlines and back matter
Section 1: Basic Dead-Reckoning
Section 2: Precision Dead-Reckoning
Section 3: Lines of Position, Bearings, and Fixes
Section 4: Supplementing Dead-Reckoning by Radio
Section 5: Supplementing Dead-Reckoning by Celestial Observations
Appendix: Star Charts
Appendix: Star Charts (Continued)
 Mike Voisin (21-Sep-2009 03:49 PM)
This book belonged to my father, Second Lieutenant John E. Voisin, while he was stationed at San Marcos Army Air Field, San Marcos, Texas. He graduated as a navigator in class 45-10N-F.
 Melissa (07-Jan-2010 01:03 PM)
Thank you for maintaining this site and putting things like this up on the web. My grandfather served in the Army Air Corp. and my boyfriend is currently a navigator in the Air Force. I'm sure he'll be fascinated to see this book. Thanks again for your work in preserving history!
 Kenneth Erickson (21-Dec-2011 12:57 AM)
Excelent. I will enjoy reading this rare document. I have AF Manual 51-12 Dead Recokooning and AFM 51-40 1973.
 Pui (27-Jun-2012 06:23 AM)
Thank you for sharing this book. Now I have a feeling of what my father went through receiving his training in being a pilot (Thunderbird field), bombardier (Carlsbad) and navigator (Ellington field?) in the US in WWII. He was a Chinese air force cadet at the time.
 Ray Godburn (02-Nov-2012 05:46 PM)
Very cool site and docs. My father graduated class
44-47N in Nov. 1944. Do you know of any sights that I might find this same kind of info for his class?
 Judeye (02-Jan-2013 04:04 PM)
This is such a great resource for learning about aviation training in World War II...much appreciated!
 Phil True (24-Jan-2014 07:36 AM)
I graduated in class 44-51N, San Marcos, Dec. 1944. In the Pacific navigating B-29s to Japan and back, celestial navigation was very important. Once near or over Japan, the APQ 15 radar set was our greatest help. Navigation was extremely important in that on daylight missions, one had to assemble by groups--normally 30 planes--at a set of coordinates perhaps 50 miles off the coast of Japan. Each plane was flown individually--not in formation--before assembling and flying to the IP--the initial point--to begin the bomb run.
 Mike Radowski (30-Dec-2014 09:30 PM)
With your permission, I would like to add these Navigator Pubs to my USAF Navigator History Web Site. http://www.usaf-nav-history.com. Also, if you would have a picture of the Nav Station and the Bombardier, they would be greatly appreciated.
 Bill (20-Feb-2015 11:39 PM)
Thank you for making this manual available. My father was an instructor at Selman Field. I will very much enjoy reading this.
 Edward Popko SN (14-Jul-2015 05:45 AM)
What a wonderful public service this posting is. Thank you for going to the effort to organize this and make if available.
 NavBarrett (22-Sep-2015 02:38 AM)
This is a great post of an important core-tech manual used by WWII navigators.
There are many more Nav manuals+photos+the AF Navigator magazine compiled in/on a thumb drive compiled by the Air Force Navigators Observers Association (www.afnoa.org) called the AF Navigators' Comprehensive History.
This AFNOA file is of 11,000 pages of high resolution pdf'd scanned images of all we could find and were sent into AFNOA. It is 32gB uncompressed! It is 2.2 in a lower res drive. And is broken into Ten-sections from prior to WWII to 1985-present-GPS times.
Please contact AFNOA, or the USAF at Maxwell AFB, AF/Historical Research Agency or Academy as they all have copies of this pdf drive & its content.
AFNOA members get this Nav history for a donation as AFNOA is a 30+year old Navigator's organization that supports our history and all the USAF Filed Museums. I am the AFNOA Historian and we greatly appreciate this posting.
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