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⭐In Memory of Craig Pickrall (aka 'craig_pickrall')⭐
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My favorite group came from the estate of Homer Mitts’ sister.
Homer was killed on August 17, 1943 as a B-17 gunner.
What makes the group so meaningful to me is the richness of paperwork that gives the reader an in depth look at what a family goes through when one of their members is killed in battle.
I posted the story here on the forum.
Welcome to the forum!
I was involved with the construction of the “Duty Bases” exhibit at the museum out in Sweetwater, they have some neat stuff out there. As of a year or so ago when I was doing that, most of it was housed in their archives, since their building wasn’t climate controlled.
They have a climate controlled building now, but i’m not sure how much more they’ve put out on display. All that to say - ask if you can see their archives! Maybe let them know you’re working on a book. They have a plethora of uniforms, documents, and other stuff donated by WASPs back there.
When you head to Sweetwater, also be sure to check out the TSTC campus on the other side of Avenger Field. That’s where the WASPs actually were. You can also get pretty close to Cornelia Clark Fort’s crash site, just 18 miles or so from Sweetwater. There’s a nice historical marker out there.
Here’s hoping you get some WASP wings one of days, and welcome!