World War II Mom sends love and encouragement

Seventy-one years ago, World War II navigator-in-training, Frank Ebner Gartz, wrote to his mother about his hard work and some health trouble he was having, but I think primarily to reassure her he was all right and just too darn busy with school work to write. His mother's loving, prayerful response was written just four days later.

2019-07-09T12:38:18-05:00July 7th, 2014|Letters of a WWII Airman|

Family rallies behind discouraged World War II navigation cadet

In Frank's last letter home, dated June 11th, he expressed fear about his course work. No matter how hard he studied, he was failing tests. He wrote: "I can't write letters or eat right now because...it's a constant threat to my existence." In World War II, the fear of "washing out" from the Air Corps, a common occurrence, and being sent to the infantry, plagued every young cadet.

2019-07-09T12:15:58-05:00June 26th, 2014|Letters of a WWII Airman|

World War II girl makes bomber carburetors; no boys to date!

World War II's "Rosie the Riveter" comes alive in this letter to Frank from a gal back in Chicago. She's working on a "beauty of a carburetor" for bombers. I doubt many girls before the war even knew what a carburetor was. The World War II woman became versed in previously male-only arcane knowledge. Another sign of the World War II years: no boys to date. Read on.

2019-07-09T12:10:08-05:00June 11th, 2014|Letters of a WWII Airman, World War II|
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