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Army Air Forces Letter of Information

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC09620.146 Author/Creator: Army Air Forces Place Written: s.l. Type: Typed document signed Date: 30 November 1944 Pagination: 4 p. ; 27.5 x 21.3 cm.

Summary of Content: A Letter of Information to all combat crew members. Lists military ways to defeat the Japanese with an overt nationalistic tone, naming the enemy, "those yellow bastards." Goes through bombing information and the type of damage they can do. Talks about the importance of bombing the landing strip at Iwo Jima to protect their troops in Saipan. Signed by "R.L. Waldron, Colonel, Air Corps, Commanding"

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

People: Stone, Robert L., 1921-2009

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

Subjects: World War IIMilitary ServiceAir ForceAviation

Sub Era: World War II

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