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1943 WORLD WAR 2, MAXWELL FIELD ALABAMA, U.S. ARMY AIR FORCE BOOT CAMP LETTER WRITTEN ON USED SHOOTING TARGET. BY JANUARY 8, 1943, THE WAR DEPARTMENT DESIGNATED THIS ALABAMA U.S. ARMY AIR FORCE BASE AS THE “74TH FLYING TRAINING WING” FOR TRAINING AVIATORS AND THEIR SUPPORT TEAMS. FROM THIS BASE, PROUD SOLDIER AL TYLER WRITES HOME TO HIS FATHER IN IRVINGTON, NJ DISCUSSING THE RESULTS OF HIS FIREARM TRAINING. INCLUDED IS AN ENVELOPE WITH NOTED ADDRESSES, FEB. 24 1943 “FREE” CANCELLATION AND THE FOLDED, USED TARGET WHICH SERVED DOUBLE DUTY AS WRITING PAPER FOR AL’S CORRESPONDENCE. THE PENCIL MANUSCRIPT LETTER BEGINS ON THE FRONT AND FINISHES ON THE BACK.
TRANSCRIPTION AS FOLLOWS:
This is the target we used on the range today. We had 15 shots on the .22 and 25 with the 45 auto. With the 45 I shot like this (pencil drawing). 10 shots right in the chest. With the 22 we shot 5 prone, 5 kneeling, and 5 standing. Tomorrow we shoot the Tompson (sic) sub, Enfield rifle, and 30 cal. machine gun. I got stuck late tonight cleaning the 45’s. I didn’t mind though I learned a lot about the gun. I can take one apart, clean it and put it together. I have some 45 slugs I will give to Dot and she will give them to you. Throw them out if you want to. This is a heck of a pc (sic) of writing paper but I thought you would be interested. I don’t think it is such bad shooting for the first time. Do you? I rec’d your letter and I will answer it at my earliest free period. I passed my word check in code yesterday and all I have now is a final in physics. I will close now and do a little studying.
Lots of Love,
TARGET SHEET DIMENSIONS ARE 12” X 12”. CONDITION; FOLD LINES FROM HAVING BEEN MAILED. TONING AND BULLET HOLES. ENVELOPE HAS NECESSARY TEAR LINES FROM BEING OPENED UPON RECEIPT.
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