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College Training Detachment, 84th Click for Details
Squadron D, Kansas State Teachers College, Emporia, Kansas

Class photograph of Squadron D at the 84th College Training Detachment, Kansas State Teachers College, Emporia, Kansas.

[3] Mike Voisin (30-Sep-2017 07:37 PM)

Donna, send your photo to me at curator@aafcollection.info and I will post it.

[2] Nancy Young Stoll (30-Sep-2017 10:08 AM)

I am researching info for a scrapbook for my Dad, Chester R. Young. He was in Squadron E of the 84th College Training at Emporium. I have the Squadron picture if anyone is interested. Don't see a way to share, attach the photo. My Dad is 91 and I am his guardian for the South Plains Honor Flight in October. We live in Lubbock, TX

[1] Newton Hamilton (29-Jun-2014 10:10 AM)

Was at Emporia Squadron E as Cadet 1943. Was great place to be after Basic Training at Shepard Field. Lived in Tri Sig House. Flew B17s . Squadron E will always stand.

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Log Click for Details
AAF Navigation School, Hondo Army Air Field, Hondo, Texas, Volume 01, Number 06

Monthly magazine for personnel training as aircrew members.

[3] Walt Webb (22-Sep-2017 03:49 PM)

Late getting back to you. I'm happy to report that at least I found my cousin's name (Edwin Ely Scranton) under the Navigators' Index for his Hondo Class 43-10 in the July 1943 Log! Thanks very much for the service you provide!

[2] Mike Voisin (17-Aug-2017 09:21 PM)

Walt, these magazines were published at Hondo, but they were widely circulated among many air fields. They are not class books so you will not find individual cadets. Currently there is only one class book from Hondo in the collection and it is class 43-16.

[1] Walt Webb (17-Aug-2017 07:47 PM)

Trying to select the Hondo issue(s) pertaining to my MIA cousin's nav training at Hondo. He was in Class 43-10 from Mar. 12-July 15, 1943 (when he graduated). He was in the AAF Navigation School, 88th Nav Training Gp, Cadet Detachment. His name: Edwin E. Scranton. Could you confirm that the issues I should be searching are V.1,#6 (July 43) & V.1,#8 (Aug. 43)? Thanks!!!

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Brooks Field Click for Details
Class 43-G, Brooks Field, San Antonio, Texas

Class book for advanced pilot class 43-G at Brooks Field, San Antonio, Texas.

[2] Mike Voisin (03-Sep-2017 05:03 PM)

Class 43-G could have graduated about July 1943. There's a reference to that date in the cartoon on page 75. Many class books are intentionally vague on dates, sizes and assignments. They wanted to limit war-time information.

[1] Pattyk (03-Sep-2017 03:24 PM)

My dad graduated with 43G at Brooks. Do you know the date? I have searched this and other books, no reference to a date. He went on to train on the B-17. He received a crew at a base in Kansas, and arrived in England in January of 1945. First mission January 21, 1945.

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Keesler Field Mississippi Click for Details
Pictorial of Keesler Field, Biloxi, Mississippi

Pictorial of base activities at Keesler Field, Biloxi, Mississippi.

[1] Dan (27-Aug-2017 05:31 PM)

I grew up here and am glad to find this.

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Technical School Click for Details
Army Air Forces Training Command, Sioux Falls, South Dakota

Radio Operator and Radio Mechanics Course. Class pages are identified by 3CALL7PTR5.

[5] Rick C (20-Aug-2017 08:03 AM)

Found grimm's record atrnhttps://aad.archives.gov/aad/record-detail.jsp?dt=893&mtch=1&tf=F&q=14119323&bc=&rpp=10&pg=1&rid=938333rn

[4] quido iannacone (13-Sep-2011 12:23 AM)

I have a letter from my father Guido F. Iannacone sent from sioux falls postmark july 4th 1944 . He was in training. Looking for class book july , august or sept. of 44. email me at bringbackjr@aol.com Ihave no pictures of my father. Any info would be much appreciated.

[3] Cheryl (23-Feb-2010 12:39 AM)

The original owner of this book is my uncle Clifton Leroy Grimm Jr. He did indeed go on to fly in B17 bomber in World War II. He passed away when I was a child. I have been researching my familiy's history for some time. I happened across this website doing a search for his father, of the same name, Clifton Leroy Grimm Sr. I would like to know if this book is for sale and how much it would cost for me to purchase the one owned by my uncle, Clifton Leroy Grimm Jr. Thank you very much. By the way, how did you come to know it was owned by him at one time?


[2] Al Lorenz (17-Aug-2008 09:04 PM)

I had never heard of a graduation book for our class of July l944 and would appreciate hearing from anyone that knows of one.

[1] Al Lorenz (17-Aug-2008 09:03 PM)

I'm searching for Class graduating July 1944. I don't recall ever receiving such a book for our class. If you know of any I'd appriate hearing from anyone.

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Technical School Click for Details
Army Air Forces Training Command, Sioux Falls, South Dakota

Radio Operator and Radio Mechanics Course, Class 52.

[29] Rick C (17-Aug-2017 09:24 AM)

RE: "Match the class numbers with the books"
Several sources - the best being REVELLE FOR SIOUX FALLS" by Professor Lynwood Oyos at the Augusata Univ history dept. in Sioux Falls.
He has a chapter on the commanders of the school and only one cammander was cammanding during the dates given in the microfilm above - I have books with at least 3 commanders with grad diplomas into 1944.
I will post later today names and dates..
I WIL

[28] Rick (10-Aug-2017 09:48 PM)

How do you know class 52 is SD7LA97148??? I have 10 class books with similiar class numbers, but I also have books for 1,2,3,5,6,8,11,16,20,21,22,24,30 and 33 with no such number.
How do get 52 out of SD7LA97148??????

[27] Rick C (15-Jul-2017 09:20 PM)

I live in Sioux Falls and have collected 37 of the class books like this one.
Anyone wanting me to look up a relative, send me their name, and about when they served if you know.
I will look them up , and if I have it copy the picture page and email it.
Rick Castardo, MSgt, USAF (ret)
vietvet@sio.midco.net

[26] Joe Cermak (30-Aug-2016 03:38 PM)

The brother mentioned in Item 25 was T/Sgt. J.A.Cermak. He then went on to aerial gunners school in Yuma, AZ. From there he went to bomber crew (B-17) in Dyersburg, Tennisee. From there to Newport News, Va. He was then assigned to an airbase in Foggia, Italy with the 15th Army Air Force. He had more than 30 missions at the war's end in Europe. He returned to the U.S. and was discharged at Indiantown Military Reservation in PA. in OCt. or Nov of 1945.

[25] Joe Cermak (28-Aug-2016 01:15 PM)

My brother was at the radio school in the fall/winter of 1943. He told me an incident in Dec.1943 of the plane they were training in having a problem and were forced to land at a high school sports field in the Sioux Falls area. He and the pilot were invited to the high school Christmas party (1943) and then continued back to the base when the weather improved. Can anyone in that school remember that incident?

[24] Mike Voisin (20-Aug-2016 09:15 AM)

Mr. Botts, thank you for your service to our country!

[23] JACK Botts (19-Aug-2016 02:29 PM)

I was a radio-operator-mechanic student at Sioux Falls AAF radio school in the last half of 1943. Three shifts of students, day and night. Served later in the 15th AF in Italy in B-17s. Flew 30 missions in the 97th BG, 414th Sqdn.

[22] Lori Boudreau (16-Dec-2015 08:43 PM)

Sanna Gaffney: Did you know Private Quido F. Iannacone. He enlisted March 7, 1944 in New Haven Connecticut and was discharged from Bergstrom air base in Austin TX. He was in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. He was in the 8th Army Airforce. Oh, he was at Sioux Falls from 1944-45. I thought he was in class 52 radiomen but i did not see him in the book here on the site. I also found information saying he had Occupational skills of building of aircraft N.E.C. We were told there are no records of him except his last pay stub in 1945. If you have any information as to what class book he may have been in I would so appreciate it. We are specifically looking for a picture of him. Thank you, please email me if you have ANY information. Lori

[21] Loretto (06-Dec-2015 08:21 PM)

My father, Frank G. Thompson, attended radio school at Sioux Falls from March 28 - August 20, 1944. He was in Class 46. He mentions some of his classmates in his letters, of which we have hundreds from his time in Sioux Falls.

Michael Tharp, regarding contributing your documents, there is a program through the Library of Congress called the Veterans History Project, and they are looking for and preserving documents of any war veterans. I would contact them and see if they would like your documents. They are interested in our letters once we are ready to part with them. They only want original documents. Hope that helps.

[20] Dan Ward (03-Jul-2015 06:33 PM)

I have recently restored and am flying aircraft tail number 326928, which is a 1943 L-3B. It was stationed at Sioux Falls, SD from 8 Aug 43 to Aug 44. I would be interested in knowing if anyone has a record of a relative flying that particular airplane during this time period. I will gladly share photo's if interested.

Thank You. Dan

[19] Elizabeth Brandt (02-Jul-2015 09:17 AM)

My dad, Vincent L. Ambrosas attended the training school in 1944. I have his book with his picture but can't identify any other details. On top of the page is B79353R. Am hoping to find any info about his service.
He was in the 376 Bomb Group, 515 Squadron in Charles Wimberly crew.

[18] Michael Tharp (28-Feb-2015 10:42 PM)

My father, Robert John Tharp, was in class 18. I have his class booklet with photos of the school and class members, etc. It is in good shape and I would love to have it added to someone's collection, if there is such a thing, rather than just tossed when I pass. Let me know if there is a place or person to whom I can send it.

[17] John (11-Nov-2014 08:39 PM)

Thanks for the interesting back story on the radio school at Sioux Falls. My Dad, Walter H. Tremel attended the radio school sometime during late 1944 and early 1945. He always spoke of catching pneumonia and ending up in the hospital for a week and having to start over with a new group (class). If anyone has any information they would like to share, it would be great to hear from you.

[16] Margo (05-Oct-2014 12:48 AM)

My dad, Henry Hausdorff, taught at the SF base first as a civilian and later as a soldier, from approx. 1942-1944. If anyone remembers having him as a teacher, I'd appreciate hearing from you.

[15] Shelley (22-Sep-2014 12:43 AM)

I am looking for any information about my grandfather who would have been at the school in Sioux Falls between march and june of 1944 his name was James Vincent Spear. My mother never got to meet him and we know nothing about him. Please help

[14] Troy Gilmore (09-Dec-2013 10:23 PM)

My grandfather graduated between April and July of 1943 and I'm trying to find any that he might be in.
M.E. Gilmore is the name. Can anyone help?

[13] Gerry Hickel (28-Oct-2013 11:47 PM)

Can anyone tell me if there is a way to find out the exact dates my Father was at Sioux Falls?

[12] Gerry Hickel (24-Oct-2013 11:34 PM)

My Dad was at Sioux Falls Radio School from August 1944 to November 1944 (my best guess). I'm not sure which number class that would be but if anyone has a book or books from classes during that timeframe I would love to have them check for my Dad, Gerard Hickel. Thanks !!

[11] Tony (01-Jul-2013 11:12 PM)

I recently discovered my dad's WWII AAF Tech School Class Eleven class book. Not one mark in it - great condition! Going to keep it.

[10] Larry Caldwell (14-May-2013 04:44 PM)

In response to Ana Wade. I have two add'l Radio School Class books and in one there is a student identified as, 'M.A. Montoya'.

Go to the webmaster of this site and he can share my email address. Drop me a note and I can scan the photo so you can determine if this is your relative.

[9] Rick C (26-Dec-2012 02:13 PM)

Douglas Roberts says his father graduated class 20 Mar 15, 1944, yet the class list from the AFHRA microfilm indicated class 20 graduated April 21, 1943.

[8] Rick c (25-Dec-2012 05:52 PM)

SANNA
Pls contact me rej remaining buildings of the base; I live in Sioux Falls and am dkoing a photo study of what is left.
IF ANYONE READING THIS CAN HELP, I would appreciate input; base hospital, radio tower, fire dept, etc.
Rick c

[7] Bbfmckay (17-Apr-2012 11:22 PM)

Just found my grandfather's yearbook, class 15. This page was very helpful in dating the publication as I was unable to find a date within the booklet.

[6] Douglas Roberts (27-Nov-2011 08:04 PM)

My father was in the graduating class 20 , March 15,1944

H.D. Roberts

[5] jr iannacone (11-Sep-2011 02:22 AM)

My father was in training therein 1944. I would love to find a graduate manual,with his picture . His name was guido iannacone ,he died in 1954 and we have no pictures of him. He was trained as a radio gunner. I hope i have that right. thank for hearing me out.

[4] Larry (17-Aug-2011 11:41 PM)

This sheds a lot of light on how radio personell were trained and what tools they ahd availbale in that time period. Really enlightning. Thanks for the great collection.

[3] ana wade (28-Oct-2010 03:18 PM)

My father's Graduation booklet is dated June 1944. However, the date in the Grad booklet is June 14 and it says Class 35 but his Certificate of Training reads June 19, 1944 and says Class 36. His name was Mauro Montoya. Hope this helps.

[2] Win Bryson (31-Jan-2009 03:29 PM)

To help match Class 'Numbers' with 'Books', can anyone identify 'Classes & dates' beyond Class 24 (per this AFHRA Microfilm (Roll A2403) list:

class    dates,ddmmyy
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Class 01 091704-120942
Class 02 092442-121642
Class 03 100142-122342
Class 04 100142-123042
Class 05 101542-010643
Class 06 102242-011343
Class 07 102942-012043
Class 08 100542-012743
Class 09 111942-020343
Class 10 111942-021043
Class 11 112642-021743
Class 12 120342-022443
Class 13 121042-030343
Class 14 121742-031043
Class 15 122442-031743
Class 16 123142-032443
Class 17 010743-033143
Class 18 011443-040743
Class 19 012143-041443
Class 20 012843-042143
Class 21 020443-042843
Class 22 021143-050543
Class 23 021843-051243
Class 24 022543-051943

[1] Sanna Gaffney (29-Aug-2008 11:11 AM)

I taught radio code there in 1943-44

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BeeTee Click for Details
Class 43-B, Gardner Field, Taft, California

Class book for basic pilot class 43-B at Gardner Field, near Taft, California.

[1] john (05-Aug-2017 12:04 AM)

Is there any one famous from this class of pilots. I just purchased this issue at a antique store.

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Bombs Away! Click for Details
Class 43-02, Victorville Army Flying School, Victorville, California

Class book for bombardier class 43-2 at Victorville Army Flying School, Victorville, California.

[1] John (19-Jul-2017 07:30 PM)

Great photos thank you.

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Pampa Army Air Field Click for Details
Pampa, Texas

Base personnel book for the Pampa Army Air Field, Pampa, Texas.

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[1] John E Velehradsky (31-May-2017 08:13 AM)

As a youngster in 1943-44, I traveled to Pampa Air Field twice to visit my brother, who was training to be a pilot. I recall the wooden sidewalks, the tar paper buildings, the recreation area with its Coke machine and pool tables. We stayed at the hotel pictured in the book. I also recall a huge pile of grain covering the street in Pampa. We traveled by Burlington train from Omaha to Kansas City and by the Santa Fe from Kansas City to Pampa.

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Propwash Click for Details
Class 42-I, Sequoia Field, Visalia, California

Class book for pilot class 42-I at Sequoia Field, Visalia, California.

[2] Jackie (12-May-2017 07:30 AM)

My grandfather is in this yearbook. They called him Texas. Where woud I be able to purchase this yearbook or is it even available for purchase?

[1] Dan Frame (06-Sep-2009 06:28 PM)

I'm wondering if Mr. Nethaway knew Bert Frame who was also in the CBI flying with the 9th PRS and was killed on January 31st, 1945? Bert was my Uncle (I was born in 1948) and all I ever knew about him was he was killed "in India". Recently I've come across some information about how he died and what squadron he was in. Tks. Dan Frame.

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Gig Sheet, The Click for Details
Class 41-F, Kelly Field, San Antonio, Texas

Class book for advanced pilot class 41-F at Kelly Field, near San Antonio, Texas.

[1] johan kuiper (05-Mar-2017 01:32 PM)

Hi all , as a researcher of the crash of the B-24 "Sack-time Sally " ( november 26 , 1943 ) , I can inform you that co-pilot Captain Dean Dalton was killed in action on that crash . He was a Cadet of Class 41-F .
Captain Dalton's body still rest in the Netherlands at the Cemetery of Margraten .

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Bombs Away Click for Details
Class 44-04, Victorville Army Air Field, Victorville, California

Class book for bombardier-navigator class 44-4 at Victorville Army Air Field, Victorville, California.

[1] Douglas heiderich (04-Mar-2017 05:04 PM)

It was nice to find this book and see some pictures of my father William heiderich

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Moore Field Mustang Click for Details
Class 44-A, Moore Field, Mission, Texas, Volume 3, Number 1

Class book for advanced pilot class 44-A at Moore Field, Mission, Texas.

[1] Sam E Pennartz (23-Feb-2017 12:56 PM)

page 16 contains a picture of: Lt. Marion W. L. ElliottrnrnMiami High School, Miami, Ottawa County, Oklahoma - Class of 1937rnrnBasic pilot class 42-H at Goodfellow Field, San Angelo, Texas.rnrnFlight Instructor for Pilot Class 44-A at Moore Field near Mission, Texas.rnrnMACR #9534: KIA while flying a Republic P-47D Thunderbolt serial #44-19740 assigned to 395th Fighter Squadron ("Panzer Dusters"), 368th Fighter Group, 71st Fighter Wing, 9th Air Force.rn

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AAF Pilot School Click for Details
Pictorial of Dodge City Army Air Field, Dodge City, Kansas

Pictorial of base activities and personnel of Dodge City Army Air Field, Dodge City, Kansas. Army Air Forces Pilot School (Specialized Two Engine).

CollectionView the Wings Over America Collection (39 items)

[2] Shawn (03-Jan-2017 03:39 PM)

History in my home town

[1] Stoobie (03-Jan-2017 11:14 AM)

This book will interest anyone who wants to know more about the Dodge City Army Air Force airfield about 6 miles northwest of Dodge City Kansas. It dates to around 1943. Includes many images of the personnel and equipment from the airfield. Also includes a history of the airfield, as well as information about the Army Air Force.

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Bomb Away Click for Details
Class 42-15, Midland Army Flying School, Midland, Texas

Class book for bombardier class 42-15 at the Midland Army Flying School, Midland, Texas.

[1] Larry Hume (29-Dec-2016 01:16 PM)

I have researched and published a story about Smith L. Carter "Dugie" who graduated with this class and is pictured on page 21. He was the bombardier aboard the B-24 Liberator that was nicknamed the "Kansas Cyclone". His bomber participated in the air raids in the Battle of Kwajalein in the Pacific as part of Admiral Chester Nimitz's "Operation Flintlock". He would survive World War II and be awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross with 1 oak leaf cluster and the Air Medal with 3 oak leaf clusters. He an his wife Wilma raised four children in his hometown of Shelbyville, Texas where he worked in the construction business. Smith Carter died of a heart attack at the age of 63 on April 14, 1982. He is buried in the Carroll Cemetery, Shelby County, Texas. He is considered one of Shelby County Texas' hometown heroes. He certainly is one of mine.

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Solo Click for Details
Class 44-B, Gibbs Field, Fort Stockton, Texas

Class book for primary pilot class 44-B at the Pacific Flying School, Ltd., at Gibbs Field, Fort Stockton, Texas.

[2] GC (03-Oct-2016 02:10 PM)

There is a picture of John E. Smith in this book as a Flying Instructor. I had and Uncle John Enoch Smith in Fort Stockton, TX. Would this happen to be him? Any information on this picture of John E. Smith? Please post your answer to this website. Solo Book 44-B. I will be checking for answers! Thank you!

[1] Marty Hankee Barbush (13-Oct-2012 08:16 PM)

I have my father's ( William Byron Hankee )copy of Solo and was pleasantly surprised to see this appear in the collection. I've enjoyed reading all of the comments made among fellow cadets and friends. I shared this site with my older brother who informed me that he was named after the cadet pictured next to my father ( Quentin C. Hanel ); something I had not known. Thanks to the AAFC for establishing this wonderful website and honoring those who served. Marty/Rick Barbush

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Gig Sheet, The Click for Details
Class 44-A, Pampa Army Air Field, Pampa, Texas

Class book for pilot class 44-A at Pampa Army Air Field, Pampa, Texas.

[1] Leeland H (30-Aug-2016 12:30 PM)

My wife and I would like to buy a copy of this book if anyone has one they'd like to sell or knows anyone who does. Her grandfather is Robert Adam Thompson who is pictured in this. It is the only known photograph we have of him since he died in a training accident in 1952 when my wife's father was only 4 years old and his mother died only a few years after that. Additionally most of his service records burned in the great archive fire of 1973 which has made it difficult to find information on him. We finally found enough clues to find that he'd attended flight school at Pampa which brought us here. We would also be interested in talking to or corresponding with anyone who knew my wife's grandfather.

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Gig Sheet, The Click for Details
Class 41-G, Kelly Field, San Antonio, Texas

Class book for advanced pilot class 41-G at Kelly Field, San Antonio, Texas.

[2] Dick Field Jr (09-Aug-2016 03:18 PM)

I recently donated my father's (Capt Richard A Field, USAF Ret.) copy of this item to the library of the Wings Over the Rockies museum in Denver, Colorado. It included a contemporary, separate, glossy photograph of class members arranged by unit and an engraved graduation invitation. It also contained a group reunion photo from the 1980s.

[1] Richard Kalb Capt USN ret (03-Sep-2014 08:53 AM)

Mike,
Thank you so much for adding the class book for advanced pilot class 41-G at Kelly Field, San Antonio, Texas to the collection. My twin bother Tom's and my late father, Col. Robert D. Kalb, USAF Ret., was in that class. Our father and mother, who our Dad met while at Kelly, would attend Class 41G reunions well into the 1970s. I recognized some of the other names in the class book as men that were life long friends of our father. They truly were the greatest generation.

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Observer, The Click for Details
Class 42-A, Brooks Field, San Antonio, Texas

Class book for advanced pilot class 42-A at Brooks Field, San Antonio, Texas.

[1] Susan Ewing Wolfe (07-Jun-2016 04:14 PM)

I live near Brooks Field and my father trained there and was a member of the graduating class 42-A. He went on to be a Pilot of a B-24 that flew out of Iron Range, Australia. Brooks Field is now mostly sub-divisions and commercial property and is no longer an active military base. However they have a nice little museum in one of the hangers, with many pictures of troops that trained there.

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Tyndall Field Click for Details
Class 43-04, Flexible Gunnery School, Tyndall Field, Panama City, Florida

Class book for flexible gunnery class 43-4 at the Army Air Forces Gunnery School, Tyndall Field, Panama City, Florida.

[2] Mike Voisin (27-May-2016 02:56 PM)

Mr. Jones, Thank you for your service!

[1] Sanford L Jones (27-May-2016 02:00 PM)

Gunnery school , summer 1943; Our crew flew a new B-24 Liberator from Bangor Maine, Gander Lake Newfoundland, Azores, Marrakech, Morocco to Bari, Italy, Oct. 19 43. my age then 18 and now 90 ; 35 combat missions. May 17, 2016 Honor Flight Tri- State , Mouments

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