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World War II girl makes bomber carburetors; no boys to date!

World War II girl makes bomber carburetors; no boys to date!
World War II’s “Rosie the Riveter” comes alive in this letter  to Frank from a gal back in Chicago.  She’s working on a “beauty of a carburetor” for bombers.  I doubt many girls before the war even knew what a carburetor was. The World War II woman became versed in  previously male-only arcane knowledge. Another sign... Read more »

Draft deferment and death during World War II

Many mothers during World War II had to send off multiple sons to war. My grandmother’s deep concern for the safety of her youngest is palpable in all her letters, yet she was lucky in that her other two sons, in their late twenties, were not drafted. This letter tells us why. Both Will and... Read more »

World War II: Accepted as Aviation Cadet!

World War II: Accepted as Aviation Cadet!
After weeks of stress, worried he wouldn’t pass his physical and other tests required to become an aviation cadet, after encouraging words from home, Frank’s perseverance has paid off. He’s been accepted and will leave shortly for Miami to start over with basic training to prepare for war from the skies. Truax 7/21/43 Dear Mom:... Read more »
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    Linda Gartz

    I was born and raised on Chicago's West Side, where the Gartz family lived and worked for most of the 20th century. After my mom died in 1994, my brothers and I poked around the the attic of my parents' home and discovered a trove of letters, diaries, documents, and photos that had been saved for almost a century. Taken as a whole, they focus a lens on the history of our city and life in another era, as seen through the eyes of regular folks. Go to where you'll find my blog, Family Archaeologist (a clickable link is on the "About Letters of a World War II Airman" page). There you can explore this historical treasure trove that illuminates history and our shared humanity. I started my blog, "Letters of a World War II Airman," on the 70th anniversary of the date my uncle, Frank Ebner Gartz, was drafted into World War II military service. You can see that first post and the first three months of 1943 letters at my website, All future letters will be posted on this blog. I'm an author, archivist and television producer. Please visit my website,, to see my published articles and an overview of my television productions.

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