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Air cadet modest response to glowing praise World War II

Air cadet modest response to glowing praise World War II
Frank is flying more and more––obviously required preparation for his future on a B-17 Bomber. Even though he’ll be navigator, all men need to know how to fly. Frank’s mother had received the below letter from the Hondo Navigation School (note: it’s dated April 10th, so it took a long time to get to her!). Grandma... Read more »

World War II Navigator student battles heat, coursework, and roaches

World War II Navigator student  battles heat, coursework, and roaches
Frank’s twentieth birthday is coming up on May 14th, and his family wants to know what gift he would like. He’s practical, and asks for “sun tans,” the light-weight uniform cadets wore in warm weather. Again, it appears each cadet had to pay not only for toilet paper, but his own uniform! LOGO – United... Read more »

World War II A typical day At Hondo, Texas Navigation School

World War II A typical day At Hondo, Texas Navigation School
A typical day, hour-by-hour, in Navigation School at Hondo, Texas. (Learn more about the Hondo Navigation School.) This letter from Frank to his brother Will (sometimes Will, sometimes Bill), again talks about Marjorie whom he met in California. Sounds like they had some serious interludes together. Given that he told his parents that Marjorie “had... Read more »
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WWII Navigation School-the challenge begins!

WWII Navigation School-the challenge begins!
Frank has arrived at Navigation School in Hondo, Texas, where he will be challenged as never before in his young life. He anticipates hard work––at least twelve hours a day. Frank writes two short letters, first to his mother and another to his good friend, Ted Symon. I’m posting both here.  He knows the school... 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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