The Army and Navy Publishing Co. produced what I would call year books for most stateside army fields and training units from 1941 through the end of the war. I was able to locate my father's pictures in two of the yearbooks, at Hamilton Field and March Air Base. I also found a lot of early photos of some of the future pilots of the 78th Fighter Group. These books were found using the search term Army and Navy Publishing Co at Abebooks.com. (I'm sure you can use the same at other book sellers) If you are looking for some early history on a family member or someone else of interest these may assist you. Below is a partial list of titles and in some cases descriptions of what I was able to locate (there were over a thousand and I stopped well before that). Hope this helps... Curt
AAF TRAINING CENTER NO. 1 ARMS AND SERVICES MIAMI BEACH, FLORIDA 1939
Amarillo Army Air Field 623rd Technical School Squadron, Army Air Forces Training Command 1943
Annual issued during World War II for U.S. Army Air Force trainees, many of whom would later be engaged in the war. The Amarillo Army Air Field trained bombardiers, navigators, pilots, gunners, and mechanics for B-17's during the war.
Bergstrom Field, Austin, Texas: Army Air Forces Troop Carrier Command. 1943
Bowman Army Air Base, Louisville, Kentucky, Classbook 1945
Photos of several thousand airforce trainees. 808th Base Unit Section C -- an African American unit of approx. 250; Base Unit Section B was an all-female unit; members of 801-823rd MAET Squadrons, and many other units; images of the Air Force Commanders; history of the Troop Carrier Command - the newest branch of the armed forces at this point during the war.
Brinbridge Army Flying School, Bainbridge, Ga. 1942
Brooks Field 2510th AAF Base Unit ( Pilot School ADV-2E) 1942
Buckley Field, Denver, Co. Army Air Forces Technical Training Command, 1943
Camp Gruber, 1881st Service Command Unit, Camp Gruber, Oklahoma, 1945)
Black & white illustrations textured cover with 8th Service Command patch, Black WAC detachment; POW Camp;
Craig Field - Southeast Army Air Forces Traning Center Yearbook – 1942
This is a 124 pp. yearbook full of pictures of soldiers stationed (or passing through Craig Field
DEMING ARMY AIR FIELD Army Air Forces Flying Training Command. 1943
FORT DIX, NEW JERSEY, AAF AIR SERVICE COMMAND 1943
Includes a brief history of the Army Air Corps with individual pictures by unit of all on base commands. Of interest is the all black 383rd Aviation Squadron; no officers shown, all are privates. Laid in is a 1943 leaflet "Hamilton [college] In the War" with news and pictures.
George Field, Illinois 1943
illustrated with photos, entire base population plus base installation, training, equipment, etc. Plus a history of the Air Force, foreword by H.H. Arnold, history of the A.F. Southeast Training Center, and a history of George Field, Illinois--started in 1942. One of the Squadrons, 311th Aviation , is an all-black unit--plus a Detachment, 1011th Quartermaster platoon--also black; both units with white officers. The base conducted many operations involving cadet training, pilot training, aircraft maintenance, aerial photography. Ten nurses are pictured
GOOD FELLOW FIELD ARMY AIR FORCES TRAINING COMMAND SAN ANGELO,TEXAS 1943
Greenwood Army Air Field 1943
Embossed Eagle on Cover - 115pp - Photos of Squadron and Base Staff Members - This Copy from Thunderbolt Pilot Nick Fallier who flew with the 5th Air Force
GULF COAST ARMY AIR FORCES TRAINING CENTER CORSICANA,TEXAS 1942
Gulfport Field 591st Technical School Squardron 1943
Gulfport Field, 631st Technical School Squadron 1943
Hobbs Army Air Field, Hobbs NM 1943
Independence Army Flying School 1943
Includes 323rd Aviation Squadron (Black/African-American Squadron)
Keesler Field Squadron U
B&w pictures of the base, located in Mississippi, from the In the Officer's Club to Basic Training Center, from Squadron U personnel to planes. Site of training for the Air Transport Command, training for bomber pilots and other special training in behalf of the air war. Kessler Field, Biloxi, Mississippi,
Kelly Army Air Field, S.A.A.A.S.C. , Texas 1942
Malden Army Air Field , Malden Mo. 1944
Malden AAF personnel and Aviation Cadets students officer class of 44-A and 44-B
Marana Basic Flying School, Army Air Foces Flying Training Command, Marana, Arizona 1943
Merced Army Flying School: Army Air Forces West Coast Training Center. 1942
Miami Beach, Florida Army Air Force Technical Training Command -- Group A - Squadrons 1-2-3-4-5-6 -- Late Summer 1942
MIAMI BEACH ARMY AIR FORCES TRAINING COMMAND - CLASS 43-G-I, OFFICER CANDIDATE SCHOOL(MIAMI BEACH, FLORIDA) 1943
Minter Field – Army Air Forces West Coast Training Center 1942
Reno Army Air Base 1944
Pictorial History of the AAF Air Transport Command Ferry Diviion, Reno Army Air Field, Reno ,Nevada in 1944
SANTA ANA ARMY AIR BASE,SANTA ANA CALIFORNIA ARMY AIR FORCES TRAINING COMMAND
Selman Field, Monroe, Louisiana Army Air Forces Southeast Training Center, (training Unit Book) 1943
South Plains Army Air Field Lubbock, Texas 1943
This is a year book with photos of the staff and students. Most of the students were glider pilots but tow pilots, 370th base headqurters and squadron, WACS, 64th two engine, 848th two engine, 850th two engine, 1099th guard squadron, 328t Army air Forces Band, 908th Quartermaster Company, 356th Aviatopm squadron, and 995th Quartermaster platoon
Smyrna Field Army Air Forces Pilot Transition School (Four engine) 1942
Turner Field, Albany, Georgia: Southwest Army Air Forces Training Center. 1942
Victorville Army Flying School 1943
Victorville AAF personnel and Aviation Cadets Class 43 and Glider Pilots Class 43
WILLIAMS FIELD Army Air Forces West Coast Training Center 1942
Williams Field in Chandler, Arizona in 1942 near the beginning of World War II. Book begins with the history of the Army Air Forces with photos of famous Air Force Men and a table of dated accomplishments beginning in 1920. Next section covers basic and advanced cadet training. Next we have views of the Air Base. Finally we have photos of the cadets in various branches of training (Everyone from pilots to bombardiers to 'grease monkeys', etc.) Photos of events and personalities. And last at the very rear there are eight pages of black men in various training positions. Laid-in is an 'Official Photograph--U.S. Army Air Forces' of three men working in the instrument shop (Ed Keller, Van Eman and Mac
3rd Air Force Staging Wing Hunter Field, Georgia 1943
Text includes history of the Third Air Force and Hunter Field. Named photos including rank and address. 154 pages.
4th Ferrying Group (554th AAF Base Unit) Memphis TN.AAF Air Transportation Command Ferrying Division
6th Ferrying Group, Long Beach Calif
This unit appears to have been primarily ferrying bombers to the Pacific but was handling smaller aircraft as well. Lots of male personel but always a desirable unit history because of the inclusion of the Women's Army Service Pilots (WASP) contingent (not to mention WACs and Army Nurses). Covers the HQ Squadron 6th Ferrying Group, WASP Operations, 348th Air Base Squadron, 1st, 9th, 14th, 28th, and 52nd Ferrying Sqadrons, 844th Guard Sqd., 644th AAF Band, 1st Airways Communication Sqd., Weather Section, 866th Signal Service Company, 914th Quartermaster Company, and Station Hospital. Hard cover with embossed eagle and Air Transport Command insignia, 139 pages, illustrated endpapers, thousands of photos. Includes 35 pages covering the history of the Army Air Forces (with photos of 37 Generals of the AAF) and the ATC, 25 pages of facilities and activities at the Long Beach air field.
10th Pursuit Wing And 45TH Air Base United States Army Air Corps, Hamilton Field, California 1941
45TH Air Base Group. 46th Air Base Squadron, 59th, 60th Material Squadron; 20th Pursuit Group, 55th, 77th,79th Pursuit Squadrons; 35th Pursuit Group, 21st, 34th, 70th Pursuit Squadrons; 14th Pursuit Group, 48th, 49th, 50th Pursuit Squadrons
38th TROOP CARRIER SQUADRON: Camp Mackall, North Carolina.
First part has the development of the Army Air Forces, second part has training for the AAF, last part has the classes for Nov. and Dec. 1943., 1943. Besides the general pictures, there are portraits of the AAF command, trainers and graduation classes. Glider pilots were also trained. While there is no date of publication, this was obviously issued for the classes at the time of graduation
42nd Bombardment Group, a history of the Crusaders 1946
First Edition. 205 pages, map of the Pacific endpapers.
51st AAFFTD, Alabama Institute of Aeronautics, Tuscaloosa, Alabama 1942
Laid in 4-page souvenir supplement "Salute the Ground Man" week April 8-14, 1945, with photos. Air Force Academy, Basic and Advanced Training, Bombardiers, Navigation, Illustrated
52nd AAFFTD. Darr Aero Tech, Inc. Albany, Georgia. Southeast Army Air Forces Training Center 1942
Illustrated with b/w illustrations Includes photo gallery of air cadets and trainers some of them RAF.
53rd Flying Training Detachment Carlstrom Field, Arcadia, Florida 1942
57th AAFFTD - Greenville Aviation School - Ocala, Florida 1943
approx 115pp - Ton's of Photos of Aviation Cadets and Base Staff Members - This Copy from Thunderbolt Pilot Nick Fallier who flew with the 5th Air Force
59th AAFFTD. Maxwell Field, Alabama, Randolph Field, Texas. Helena, Arkansas. Southeast Army Air Forces Training Center 1942
59TH FLYING TRAINING DETACHMENT AAFCFS (P) THOMPSON ROBBINS FIELD - HELENA, ARKANSAS 1943
PHOTOGRAPHS, ILUSTRATIONS. COVER HAS BLIND STAMPED LARGE EAGLE AND A MILITARY INSIGNIA IN RED AND GOLD. PICTORIAL ENDPAGES. PICTURES OF HISTORY OF FLIGHT, STAFF, PERSONNEL AND STUDENT PILOTS FOR CLASS 43-J AND 43-K.
64th AAFTD, Southern Aviation School, Camden, S.C.; Southeast Army Air Forces Training Center, 1942.
Illustrated front endpapers. Foreword by military aviation pioneer Lieutenant General Henry "Hap" Arnold. Historical essay "The Development of the Army Air Forces" on pages 6-13. B/w photographs. Pages 14-15 show photos of "Famous Air Force Men" including Jimmy Doolittle and William Mitchell. Pages 16-36 show feature generic photos of specific training classifications progressing from pre-flight, basic, advanced, bombardier, and navigation. Pages 37-44 show images of the training center at Maxwell Field, Alabama. Pages 45-67 focus specifically upon the Camden, South Carolina Aviation School with photos of staff, civilian instructors, the base, and aviation cadets as well as a "Brief History of the 64th AAFFTD, Southern Aviation School"
65th AAFFTD Decatur, Alabama 1942
First Edition. Southeast Army Air Forces Training Center for the year 1942. Photographs of Civilian Personnel, Aviation Cadets, commanding officers and around Maxwell Field.
222nd Combat Crew Training School. Army Air Field, Ardmore, Oklahoma. 1944
A yearbook of sort of the 222nd Combat Crew Training School, Army Air Field, Ardmore, Oklahoma, United States Army Air Forces. 144 pages. Illustrated, lists, photos, black & white. Worn and discolored cover, stains and traces of former mildew throughout the book; due to pages sticking together, then separated, some information about individuals and photos have been lost. Information about combat crew units includes: portrait, black & white, name, rank, function. Includes an essay about the development of the Army Air Forces.