Offered for sale is this rare 71st Army Air Forces Flying Training Detachment Yearbook filled over a hundred photos of brave young trainees that will be sent all over the world to defend our freedom as WWII roars on. The Primary 71st A.A.F.F.T.D. Class Camp Book is from Harrell Field, Camden, Arkansas, as the Class of Cadets 44-C completed their first two month phase in flight training getting them a little closer to becoming full fledged combat pilots.
This book has 28 pages and measures 10¾" long x 8 1/8" wide x ¼" thick. It has photos of the Army Staff, Civilian Staff, and Ground School Staff, and several pages of scenes around the camp. The best part is there are 34 photos of each training group along with their names of the towns and states they came from. Listed below is the name of each Training Unit and one person from each Group:
1.)Jenk's Joy Riders; Raymond Clatham, Decatur, Ala. 2.)Whittmer's Wheels; Joe W. Lewis, Dixon, Iowa. 3.)Schelling's Shunters; Edward E. Benson, Bradford, Pa. 4.)Barclay's Bunglers; Carl H. Nelson, Butte, Montana. 5.)Mcneill's "Might-Make-Its"; William A. Fain, Erwin, Tenn.
6.) Bowker's Bees; George M. Salter, Jr., Pensacola, Fla. 7.)Dabney's Dubbers; Charles R. Decker, Chicago, Ill. 8.)Brown's Bunglers; Donald E. Sherman, Flint, Mich. 9.) Perry's Penguins; Erbing G. Emerson, Kensington, Conn. 10.)Specht's Wrecks; Lawrence E. Meyers, Boston, Mass.
11.)Griffin's Gremlins; William J. Fleck, Bellefonte, Pa. 12.)Parenti's Plow-Boys; James L. Briley and Leonard R. Briley, Greenville, N.C. 13.)Cole's Clowns; William F. Quinn, Bronx, N.Y. 14.)Cobb's Cloudbusters; Woodrow A. Balkcum, Augusta, Georgia. 15.)Brown's Noses; Leo A. Saffran, Oconto, Wisc.
16.)Whitley's Widgeons; Robert A. Rumbaugh. 17.)Allen's Ack-Ack Fodder; John R. Abel, Coscocton, Ohio. 18.)Schimmel's Shiffless Skonks; Thomas H. Sherlock, Baltimore, Md. 19.)Zoon's Goons, Arthur Wong, Jr., Oakland, Calf. 20.)Barkley's Barflies; David L. Shull, Battle Greek, Mich.
21.)Banks Buzzards; Joseph S. McKean, Upper Darby, Pa. 22.)Lawrence's Lunkheads; Julian A. Wiggins, Sandersville, Ga. 23.)Priddy's Problems; Don R. Seymour, Washington, D.C. 24.)Chance's Chippers; David A. Ryan, Neenah, Wisc. 25.)Seifert's Seaguls; James S. Chambers, Jr., Flushing, L.I.N.Y.
26.)Kobbeman's Kavorters; Seymour Rubin, Jackson Heights, L.I. 27.)Ross's Dumbos; Stuart E. Watterson, Jr., Berkley, Calf., and John S. Rogers, Washington, D.C. 28.)Cumber's Condors; J.C. Santee, Bethlehem, Pa. 29.)McLaney's Monstrosites; Phil K. Rodgers, Jr., Pittsburg, Pa. 30.) Grace's Aces; August J. Schoub, Ipswich, S.D.
31.) Russell's Roundheads; Robert D. Sharp, Caldwell, N.J. 32.)Biben's Beauty; Edward R. Severn, Pittsburg, Pa. 33.)Flournoy's Fledglings; Horace Shankwiler, Highland, Mich.
There are a total of 186 photos of trainees standing in front of the planes they are learning on. Each picture on each page is in excellent condition and worthy of framing. If by chance your dad or grandfather trained at Harrell Field in Camden, Arkansas, in 1943, and after showing him this write-up and he recognizes the name of the training group he was in, I'd gladly send you a photo free of charge as long as the yearbook is for sale.
**Condition: The front and back covers are in good condition, clean and bright. The inside pages are in very good condition, very clean and bright. *Covers: There is minor wear to the top and bottom of the spine; There are bumps to the front right top and bottom corners and to the back left top and bottom corners; There is fraying to the back bottom left corner; *Inside pages: There are pinholes on the inside of the back cover at the bottom right corner; The first inside page and the last inside page have some very light spots on them.
This great piece of WWII memorabilia would make a wonderful gift to give to your hometown VFW or American Legion. Just imagine all these brave young men without hesitation enlisted to defend America knowing they could very well loose their lives as they fight for freedom overseas. God Bless Our Vets!!!
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