Posted 4 years ago
I had a pretty good estate sale day yesterday. I went to the sale of a deceased WW II veteran. As it turned out, he was a pilot and trained here in Texas.
This is a copy of “The Cadet”, Fred Harmon Training Center, Bruce Field, Ballinger, Texas. He was in class 42-H, 1942.
Here is some background info on Bruce Field:
“Opened on October 4, 1941, it began training United States Army Air Corps flying cadets under contract to Harmon Flying School. The airfield had three 2,100' active hard-surfaced runways and five local axillary airfields for emergency and overflow landings.
It was assigned to the United States Army Air Forces Gulf Coast Training Center (later Central Flying Training Command), as a primary (level 1) pilot training airfield. Fred Harmon Flying School was the flying training instruction contractor. Flying training was performed with Fairchild PT-19's as the primary trainer. It also had several PT-17 Stearmans assigned.
It was inactivated on 16 October 1944, with the drawdown of the AAFTC's pilot training program. The facility was declared surplus and turned over to the Army Corps of Engineers on 30 September 1945. It was eventually discharged to the War Assets Administration (WAA) and became a civil airport.”
Note the signatures from classmates, I wonder how many did not come home.
I would like to add something about this veteran.
Harold Massey Obituary:
"Mr. Harold Massey of Fredericksburg, TX passed away in Fredericksburg on Monday, March 21st, 2011 at the age of 90 years. Harold was born April 5, 1920 in Eden, TX to W.M. and Lizzie Jo Prosise Massey. Harold married Natalie Blair on May 1, 1944 in Eden, TX. Harold retired from the United States Air Force after 30 years of service, attaining the rank of Lieutenant Colonel."
** Harold Massey is top row, far left in pic four.