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I wouldn’t trade my place with anybody. [1941 – Ellington Field, TX]

1941 Comic Postcard Image - Ellington Field, Texas lg

Such a charming message with positive sentiment from this soldier who only left us his initials. Ellington Field (where this card was postmarked) was a significant military installation for the war effort in the 1940’s, offering advanced flight training for bomber pilots (Wikipedia).

Due to favorable weather patterns (well, at least most of the time) surrounding its location near Houston, Texas, Ellington Field has served as a significant aviation operations center for the U.S. Military since the First World War. It’s legacy continues as the present “Ellington Field Joint Reserve Base,” serving the Texas Air National Guard, Johnson Space Center (NASA), and other active duty units (source: Wikipedia).

1941 Comic Postcard Message - Ellington Field, Texas lg

August 18-1941

Dear friend

I just thought I would write you and send this card along at the same time. Everything on the other side pertains to me except the last line. I wouldn’t trade my place with anybody. Believe it or not that is a picture of me on the other side. I think I’ll get to come home next Saturday. Well this leaves me still a kicking and doing fine.

So long. RRH

To: Miss Martha Bolton / Buckholts, Texas

Postmark: Ellington Field, Texas – Aug 19, 1941 – 1 cent stamp


Ellington Field, Texas

Photos of Ellington Field from the Houston Chronicle.

A vintage photo of retired Air Force Reserve Majs. Raymond “Glenn” Clanin and Russell “Lynn” Clanin during training in the Aviation Cadet program, prior to receiving their pilot wings in August 1944 at Ellington Field, Texas. Seventy-one years later, the 92-year-old twin brothers are recipients of the French government's highest distinction for their military service as World War II veterans, the Legion of Honor medal. (Courtesy photo/U.S. Army Air Forces, AAF Training Command)
Clanin twins during flight training at Ellington Field.

File:Ellington Field - 44-03 Classbook.pdf

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