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Jack Voisin

John E. "Jack" Voisin entered the Army Air Forces in August 1943 shortly after turning eighteen. He underwent basic training at Basic Training Center #4 in Miami Beach, Florida. He was then assigned to the 39th College Training Detachment at Clinton, South Carolina. In April 1944 he underwent preflight training at Santa Ana, California, where he was assigned to be a navigator. He earned his flexible gunnery wings at Kingman, Arizona in November 1944 and his navigator wings at San Marcos, Texas, where he was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in April 1945.

Jack was next assigned to the "bombigator" program, to become a combination bombardier and navigator. He earned his wings as a bombardier at Carlsbad, New Mexico in June 1945. As the war ended, he was stationed at Yuma, Arizona for training in radar bombardment. He was likely being trained for assignment to a B-29 aircrew for the planned invasion of Japan.

Jack was discharged in November 1945 and served ten years as a navigator in the Officer’s Reserve Corps out of Selfridge Field near Detroit, Michigan.

Source: The items in this collection were found in his footlocker.

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Postcards Click for Details
Army Air Forces Training Center, Miami Beach, Florida

Postcards showing the United States Army Air Forces training in Miami Beach, Florida.

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Postcards Click for Details
Kingman Army Air Field, Kingman, Arizona

Postcards show target practice with shotguns and machine guns.

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Postcards Click for Details
San Marcos Army Air Field, San Marcos, Texas

Postcards feature the AT-7 "Navigator" trainer.

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Prelude to Victory Click for Details
Introduction to Santa Ana Army Air Base, Santa Ana, California

Pictorial of air crew classification training at Santa Ana Army Air Base, Santa Ana, California.

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Radar Observers' Bombardment Information File (ROBIF) Click for Details

This reference guide was used by bombardiers to keep up to date with the latest technology in radar bombardment, also known as Bomb Through Overcast (BTO).

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Radar Photographs Click for Details
From the Photograph Album of John E. Voisin

Pictures of an H2X radar set in a B-25 and radar screen shots.

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Radar Photography Click for Details
AAF Manual 95-101-1

This manual for radar bombardiers explains how to take photographs through the radar scope.

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United States and British Naval Vessels Click for Details
Santa Ana Pre-flight Pilot School, Santa Ana, California

Training booklet for pre-flight pilot cadets at the Santa Ana Army Air Base, Santa Ana, California. This taught cadets how to identify American and British naval vessels.

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Wing Spread Click for Details
Volume 02, Number 05, Monday, February 14, 1944

Newspaper published for the 39th College Training Detachment, Presbyterian College, Clinton, South Carolina.

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Wing Spread Click for Details
Volume 02, Number 06, Saturday, February 26, 1944

Newspaper published for the 39th College Training Detachment, Presbyterian College, Clinton, South Carolina.

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Yank Click for Details
Volume 03, Number 02, June 30, 1944

The Army Weekly. D-Day invasion.

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Yank Click for Details
Volume 03, Number 40, March 23, 1945

The Army Weekly. Lucille Ball is the pin-up girl.

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Yank Click for Details
Volume 04, Number 12, September 7, 1945

The Army Weekly. V-J issue.

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