|United States Army Air Corps
|Above, left to right: 1) An Army Air Corps Cadet visor cap with original marked cap device.
2) A light blue, pre-war Air Corps cadet cap with a royal blue band and Air Corps Cadet device.
|Above: Two original wartime photographs of the same
Army Air Corps cadet. The cadet is unidentified. The
PT-19A in the photos is identified as aircraft #
42-33691, which is known to have operated out of
Thompson-Robbins Field, Arkansas during the war.
|Two wartime photographs of the same Army Air Corps cadet, identified on one of the
photographs as Del Morrison, with the photos both dated 1942.
|A squadron dance for the 327th School Squadron, Basic Flying
School was held on January 16, 1942. This is most likely
related to Minter Field, one of the largest Army Air Corps
training fields ever established, which was located in Bakersfield,
California. The invitation came in its original envelope.
For more information about Minter Field, see their website at:
|Sustineo Alas: Sustain the Wings
The distinctive insignia (DI) of the United States Army Air Force Technical Training Command, the Sustineo Alas pin
displays a golden urn on a background of blue, holding three feather plumes and the words "Sustineo Alas" across the
bottom on a golden background. Each of the three plumes represents each of the components of the United States Army
Air Corps: the plane, the aircrew and the ground crew. Approved for wear on July 24, 1942, these DI were worn to
denote assignment to the Army Air Corps Training Command, and would later be replaced upon reassignment.
The modern interpretation is "Keep them flying."
|CPTP and the War Training Service
Civilian Flight Instructors in WWII
|This page is dedicated to the civilian flight instructors and the civilian pilots who
participated in the CTPT/WTS program. Their dedication to our nation and their sacrifice
provided a much needed service which made a major contribution to the defeat of the
Axis powers in WWII.
The items shown on this page are part of my private collection and are NOT for sale.
Please feel free to contact me with any comments or questions. If you see any errors
on this page, I would appreciate hearing from you.
|Three views of a CAA/War Training Service visor cap, with original cap badge insignia. The visor cap is shown with a
CAATC headset. Both the visor cap and the headset came together from the estate of a man who served as a civilian
flight instructor during WWII.
|A pink, Army Air Corps overseas cap with its original CAA/War
Training Service insignia. This particular cap was once worn and
owned by Hermann Kropp of Stroudsberg, Pennsylvania. If
anyone has any additional information concerning Mr. Kropp, I
would enjoy hearing from you.
|Left: Three Department of Commerce, CPT Pilot Rating
Books issued to James Berton Rudolph, and Mr.
Rudolph's original pair of Enlisted Reserve CPT wings.
As was occassionally practiced among CPT graduates,
the "CPT" on the shield of the wings has been ground
down to denote graduation from the program.
Mr. Rudolph attended his CPT/WTS training at
Muscatine Jr. College, with the log books showing his
participation in "Elementary Army", "Army Secondary"
and "Elementary Cross Country." The log books cover
a time period from November of 1942 to January of
1944. The log books are well filled out and contain
terrific details about the training Mr. Rudolph received.
The log books indicate Mr. Rudolph did the majority of
his training in Taylorcraft and WACO UPF bi-planes.
Both were staples in the CPT/WTS program.
|Civilian Flight Instructor cap device.
|At an unknown airfield, civilian flight instructors stand-by awaiting assignments to trainees who are
themselves hoping to become military aviators.
|A wartime, 8x10 photograph showing a civilian instructor with five aviation cadets. The cadet on the lower left signed his
name as "Douglas E. Caldwell, Seffner, Florida." The cadet in the upper left signed his name as "Bill Chandler, Tulsa,
Okla." The instructor also signed the photograph as "John L. Fisher, Salisbury, Conn."
|A wartime, 8x10 photograph showing three graduating classes from the Spartan Technical Training School in Tulsa,
Oklahoma in 1943. If anyone from this graduating class comes across this page or if you have any information about this
photograph, I would enjoy hearing from you.
|A very common sight to many Army Air Corps cadets, a PT-17 instrument panel. When I first obtained this panel it
was void of any instruments. I used only original, wartime era instruments to bring this instrument panel back to its
|An original wartime pair of Susineo
Alas DI';s, still in their original Gemsco
|Two photographs showing civilian flight instructors serving at Victory Field, Vernon, Texas during the war. The instructor
on the right has been identified as E. T. Belton, while the pilot on the left was identified as L. M. Rushinf.
|To see a grouping in my collection related to another civilian flight instructor, click on the photo above and
visit the page for Clarence S. Page Jr.
|Left: An "elementary course" CPT Pilot Rating Book
fissued to Francis Lee McLean. The log book is dated
February 19th, 1943, and shows McLean attending
flight training at Nebraska State Teachers College, with
Clinch Flying Service as the contractor providing the
instruction. Little is known about McLean's military
service, which I am still researching. I do know that he
entered into the United States Navy Reserve as a pilot,
losing his life on April 19th, 1945 having earned the Air
Medal. McLean is buried in the Manila American
Cemetary in the Philippines, Plot H, Row 6, Grave 112.
As additional information about his military aviation
career comes to light, I will update this section of the
|Above: Six CPT flight log books and a Pilot Information file from the military service of Carlton Alfred Smith of
Mansfield, Ohio. Born on January 15, 1921, in Mansfield, Smith would become a pilot in the late 1930's and later found
himself in the role of flight instructor for the United States Army Air Corps during WWII. Smith would maintain his love
of flying throughout his life, later serving a long career with the Mansfield Fire Department. Mr. Smith passed away in
March of 2011, at the age of 90.
Smith's log books show that he attended the majority of his training at Harrington Air Service Inc. in Mansfield, Ohio. The
log books cover a period from December of 1941 into late 1943, and show that Smith was part of both the Civilian Pilot
Training Program and the War Training Service. The Harrington Air Service trained 1,500 pilots for military service during
|Above/Left: An original era United States Army Air Corps cadet
jacket, complete with Air Corps cadet insignia/patch,
appropriately applied to the right sleeve. The close-up of the
cadet insignia above shows the method of attachment to the
|Above: The wing at the top is the example that once belonged to James Berton Rudolph. The wing at the bottom is
another original CPT wing, uncleaned and just as I obtained it. The difference can clearly be seen between the example
with the "CPT" rubbed off and the bottom example of an issue wing.