Today I'm offering for sale 4 Rare 1942-43-44 Pieces of WWII Camp Newspapers and a Training Camp Yearbook. Included is a 1942 PreFlight Magazine, a 1944 Tyndall Target Camp Newspaper, and Two 1943 Golden Arrow 8th Infantry Division Camp Newspapers.
Every time I find a pieces of WWII memorabilia and place them in our shop for sale I only hope they find a good home where maybe a family member has served in the Armed Forces and would enjoy seeing them again. Listed below is each item and its condition:
1.) "The PreFlight Magazine" dated September 1942, Volume 2, Number 3. This is the camp magazine of The U. S. Army Air Forces. The Corps of Aviation Cadets of the Pre-Flight School for Pilots located at Maxwell Field, Alabama. The Class of 43-C is about to go through 9 weeks of pre-flight training both physically and mentally challenging to get them ready to fly all types of planes in order to defeat the Axis nations. Many of the cadets that train at Maxwell Field in Alabama went on to fly the planes that played a big part in defeating Germany, Italy, and Japan. There are 32 pages packed with photos and descriptions of everyday camp activities and off-duty free time. This PreFlight Magazine measures 8 ½” wide x 11” long and about a ¼” thick.
**Condition: The front and back covers are in fair+ condition. The inside pages are in good condition. *Covers: There is wear along the spine, corner bumps, crease marks at the corners, surface wear to the covers, edge wear, chipping and tiny to small pieces missing from the front top and right edges, and chipping and tiny to small pieces missing from the back top and left edges. There is also a light moisture stain on the front and back covers. *Inside Pages: The first 8 pages have light moisture stains and the first five pages have a tiny to small piece missing from the right edge. It measures 8 1/2" x 11".
2.) “The Tyndall Target" Camp Newspaper from January 15, 1944, which was published by the Special Service Office for Personal of the Army Air Forces Flexible Gunnery School in Panama City, Florida. This Camp Paper was considered one of the best military camp newspapers published throughout WWII because it dealt with everyday life on the base and every activity to help pass the enlistee's while going through their gunnery training. The paper encouraged both men and women to give suggestions to the publishers and if they were a talented artist to submit their drawings for the camp newspaper. There are only 14 pages but they are packed with camp stories and numerous photos. This paper measures 10” wide x 14” long.
**Condition: The front and back covers are in good- condition. The inside pages are in good- condition. *Covers: There is chipping and tiny to small tears along the edges, and light surface wear. *Inside Pages: There is chipping and tiny to small tears along the edges of the first four pages.
3.) & 4.) Eighth Infantry Division "Golden Arrow" Camp Newspapers from Camp Laguna, Arizona. The first paper is dated June 5th, 1943, Volume 1, Number 7, with 16 pages. The second paper is dated September 23rd, 1943, Volume 1, Number 10, with 14 pages. The papers were published twice monthly for the Eighth Infantry Division. Nicknamed Golden Arrow Division Pathfinder, the 8th Infantry Division saw expansive action in the European Theatre of Operation.
Both camp papers are loaded with photos, stories and camp news pertaining to the everyday life the enlisted men and women enjoyed in their free time along with up-dates on the progress of the battles going on overseas. The Golden Arrow was one of the best published camp papers all throughout WWII. The papers measure 11 1/2" wide x 17" long. After reading every page of both papers you'll understand how proud the members of the 8th were as they put both their minds and bodies through everything that was asked of them in order to prepare to go into combat against the enemies of our country. It seemed after reading both papers there was a hint heard around the camp that an invasion of Europe was happening soon.
**Condition of both papers: Each has chipping and tears on the edges, some lose pages, yellowed pages, and tape on some of the pages.
*Here's a little history about the 8th Infantry Division….With WWII raging on in Europe, the 8th was activated on July 1st, 1940, at Camp Jackson, South Carolina, as a build-up in case America was drawn into the war. After extensive training in Ireland the 8th Infantry landed on Omaha Beach, Normandy, on July 4, 1944, and entered combat on July 7, 1944.
From the first day the 8th saw extensive fighting as it worked its way into Europe and Northern Germany crushing the German Army at every turn. Finally on May 2, 1945, the 8th entered the Nevengamme Concentration Camp and the Wobbolin sub-camp. After entering the camp they witnessed over 5,000 prisoners, many that suffered from starvation and disease. In the first week after liberation of the camp 200 prisoners died. In the aftermath the U.S. Army ordered the townspeople in Ludwigslust to visit the camp and bury the dead.
On August 3,1945, they departed from France and arrived in New York on August 14,1945. The 8th was deactivated on November 20, 1945. The 8th Infantry Division was recognized as a liberating unit by the U.S. Army Center of Military History and U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in 1988. After 266 days in combat they were awarded 5 Distinguished Unit Citations and 3 soldiers were awarded the Medal of Honor. The brave group of men suffered 13,986 casualties and another 2,852 that died in battle.
These four rare pieces of WWII history would be a great addition to any personal collection of military items. If your dad or a grandparent were part of the 8th Infantry Division, their names may be mentioned or better yet there may be a picture of them in one of these camp newspapers.
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