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Unknown United States of America Civil Aeronautics Authority Washington D.C. Airman Certificate No. 17943-40

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC09587.012 Author/Creator: Unknown Place Written: Hampton, Virginia Type: Printed document signed Date: 30 June 1940 Pagination: 2 p. ; 10 x 14 cm.

Summary of Content: Card certifying LeRoi as a private pilot after his graduation from the Hampton Institute. Lists LeRoi's date of birth as 7-30-19 his weight as 145 and his height as 6'. Signed by LeRoi Shelton Williams and Carl L. Christenson who is listed as Ass't. Aero. Inspector. The reverse side is signed and endorsed (name illegible) on 6-28-41 and the endorsement is dated 6-30-41.

People: Williams, LeRoi S. (1919-1943)

Historical Era: Great Depression and World War II, 1929-1945

Subjects: PilotAirplanesAfrican American History

Sub Era: World War II

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