Posts tagged "army air corps"

Happy New Year from World War II homesick air cadet

Happy New Year from World War II homesick air cadet
Frank Ebner Gartz is now the farthest away from home he’s ever been since starting his World War II training. He’s in Los Angeles, California, and tells his mom he wants lots of letters from the folks back in Chicago. He sounds a little homesick and wants to keep in touch. Christmas and New Year’s... Read more »

World War II New Year Greetings: one Frank to another

World War II New Year Greetings: one Frank to another
Frank Gartz’s best buddy, Frank Von Arx, is at it again, sending greetings from his present post at Elmendorf Field in Alaska. He writes that some of his buddies are flying at altitudes where the temperature is 60 degrees below zero. That’s what these boys in the Army Air Corps will have to deal with... Read more »

Back to basics in hot and beautiful Miami Beach

Frank Gartz is transferred in early August to Miami Beach, Florida, where he’ll begin his official training as an Air Force Cadet. Like so many young men at the time, he’s seeing parts of the country he never could have afforded to visit on his own. Unlike the men in infantry, Army Air Corps Cadets... 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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