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Air Lines War Training Institute Survival

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC09620.349 Author/Creator: Air Lines War Training Institute Place Written: Washington, D.C. Type: Book signed Date: 1943 Pagination: 1 v. : 116 p. ; 19 x 14.4 cm.

Summary of Content: A manual for aircraft crews that are forced down during the war. Prepared and Published by Air Lines War Training Institute in Washington D.C. Describes what soldiers should do to survive in the artic, jungle, desert, and ocean. Inscribed "to Brigadier General W.E. Hall from G.T. McHugh H. Col. AC." A note from Sheila Stone's daughter states "In Nov. 2016 Ali discovered this book in a crawl space in an attic of a new home she was renovating. We thought it interesting so have included it. It may be moldy after 74 years so BEWARE! Dedicated on inside front cover."

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


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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