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Stone, Robert L. (1921-2009) to Jacob Stone and Beatrice Stone

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC09620.064 Author/Creator: Stone, Robert L. (1921-2009) Place Written: March Field, California Type: Postcard Date: 8 December 1943 Pagination: 2 p. ; 9.0 x 14.0 cm.

Summary of Content: A brief postcard to tell his parents that he arrived two days ago to a "swell field." His schedule looks to be very tough, but it's great to be out of Wendover. Postcard is an image of "C-106 Liberator Bomber. The Liberator is one fo the fastest heavy bombers in the world, heavily armed, it carries a nine man crew with a range exceeding 3000 miles." The postcard is not dated. "Letters in a Box" notes the postcard was written on December 8, 1943.

Background Information: Robert "Bob" Stone was a Bombardier in World War II and served in the Pacific Front. These letters, were compiled by Bob's wife, Sheila M. Stone, and Ali Adair into ...a book named Letters in a Box. This book details Bob's service to his country, and his life after the war. Bob's letters were donated to the collection by his wife, Sheila M. Stone, in 2017. It contains a variety of letters, postcards, patches, pins, photographs, and scrapbooks that relate to Bob's training and combat missions. See More

Full Transcript: [Draft Created by Crowdsourcing]
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Liberator Bomber. The Liberator is one of the fastest heavy bombers in the world, heavily armed, it carries a nine ...man crew with a range exceeding 3000 miles.

Lt. R. L. Stone 0-696041
399th Bomb Group
Squadron 607
March Field, California
Dear Dad & Bee -
Just a card since I haven't had time to write.
Arrived two days ago and it is really a swell field. Our schedule is a very tough one and we have very little time off. It is swell to be out of Wendover, which was a real dump. Write!
Always, Bobby

Lt. Comdr. J. C. Stone
375 Park Avenue
New York City
N.Y.
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People: Stone, Robert L., 1921-2009
Stone, Beatrice Hecht Marks, 1901-1962
Stone, Jacob, fl. 1894-1985

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

Subjects: World War IISoldier's LetterMilitary CampMilitary ServiceAir ForceAviationMilitary EducationTranscript AvailableCrowdsourced Transcript AvailableTranscript Project: Robert L. Stone's World War II letters

Sub Era: World War II

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