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World War II Navigator cadet breaks a few rules to have fun.

World War II Navigator cadet breaks a few rules to have fun.
Frank is losing weight. Who wouldn’t with the intense work-out the young cadets are put through? Stephen Ambrose, in his book about B-24 cadets, The Wild Blue, describes one such work-out, probably similar to what Frank experienced: “…push-ups, knee bends, exercises of the waist, running in place, pushing forward with hands on a wall while... Read more »

World War II Cadet tempted by California Gal

World War II Cadet tempted by California Gal
In these two letters, written about a week apart, Frank (not yet twenty years old) updates his parents about the girl he met in California, and hopes they don’t say too much about her to his at-home girlfriend, Cookie. A young man’s heart, far from home, seems a bit confused. No date, but based on... Read more »

California girl hooks up with Chicago aviation Cadet: World War II

Frank will introduce the California gal, Margaret (Margie), who wrote the below letter,  to his parents in a 3/13/1944  letter,  (coming up). He’ll say he likes her “ very very very much.”  Frank still cares about  his at-home girlfriend, Cookie, but we have to remember, he had lived a very insular life on Chicago’s West... Read more »
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    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 Lindagartz.com 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, Lindagartz.com. All future letters will be posted on this blog. I'm an author, archivist and television producer. Please visit my website, LindaGartz.com, to see my published articles and an overview of my television productions.

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