Civilian Flight Instructors of the Air Force Training Command

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Record 799/959
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Description Gelatin print of the Civilian Flight Instructors of the Air Force Training Command.
Year Range from 1943
Event World War II
Year range to 1944
Medium Photographic Paper
Notes Group photograph of the fourteen Civilian Flight Instructors of the Air Force Training Command, or Civil Aeronautics Authority War Traning Service, at Oshkosh State Teacher's College. These men were civilians hired by the Army Air Force to train pilots. They are standing at attention in front of an airplane hanger with an airplane inside at the Winnebago County airport. They are wearing service uniforms, civilian or military B-3 and A-2 Flight Jackets. Most are wearing the distinctive hat insignia on their service caps, for the Civil Aeronautics Authority War Traning Service, consisting of an open ring with "CAA" above and "War Traning Service" below, and flight wings across the center of the ring with an Indian head in the middle.
Over 1500 students at the Oshkosh State Teacher's College enlisted for military service during World War II, forcing the lay-off of many of the college staff. In 1943 the college was chosen for an Aviation Cadet School for the United States Army Air Force's Air Force Training Command. The first contingent of 400 students arrived on March 29, 1943. 1,261 cadets of the 96th College Training Detachment were taught at the college for four months by seven officers and a group of Army enlisted men. They also took flying lessons at the Winnebago County Airport by Steve Wittman and his pilots. Swart Hall was used as their barracks. It was disbanded in July 1944.
Object ID P2005.24.138
Object Name Print, Photographic
Place Oshkosh, WI
Print size 5" x 7"
Subjects World War II
State Teachers College (Oshkosh)
United States Air Force
Flight training
Civil Aeronautics Authority War Traning Service
Title Civilian Flight Instructors of the Air Force Training Command
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