Folder 5: Ralph L. "Lee" Minker, Jr., January - March, 1944

Pecos Army Air Base [AAFB], New Mexico, Class 44-C .

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Ralph L. "Lee" Minker, Jr. to his father, Ralph L. Minker, Sr., January 2, 1044 (Page 1 of 5)

Date: Sunday noon, January 2, 1944 - view letter
Writer: Lee Minker  
Recipient: Ralph L. Minker, Sr.
Place: Pecos AAFB
Graduation festivities for Basic Training. Concerns over skill mastery required for Advanced training in the AT-17. Flight Office Act of 1942. Advance purchase of officer uniform for $350.

 

Date: Sunday evening, January 9, 1944 - view letter
Writer: Lee Minker  
Recipient: Edna Minker
Place: Pecos AAFB
Advanced Flying Training to begin.  Plans for March 12, 1944, graduation and assignment to transitional training.
Note: Handwritten comment at the top of the page was made by the author in the 1990s.

 

Date: Monday evening, January 10, 1944 - view letter
Writer: Lee Minker  
Recipient: Bernice Minker
Place: Pecos AAFB
Description of town of Pecos.  Advice about selecting a college. Thanks for Christmas gifts. Explains meaning of army rank.  
Note: Handwritten comment at the top of the page was made by the author in the 1990s.

 

Date: Sunday noon, January 16, 1944 - view letter
Writer: Lee Minker  
Recipient: Ralph L. Minker, Sr.
Place: Pecos AAFB
Flying progress in AT-17, concern about work to master the plane. Description of the AT-17. No news about graduation and how to get home for furlough. Asks dad to purchase top-coat.

 

Date: Thursday evening, January 20, 1944 - view letter
Writer: Lee Minker  
Recipient: Edna Minker
Place: Pecos AAFB
Counting the days until graduation. Details from lecture on future of the Air Corps and equipment.  Planning for furlough.

 

Date: Sunday evening, January 23, 1944 - view letter
Writer: Lee Minker  
Recipient: Ralph L. Minker, Sr.
Place: Pecos AAFB
Frustrated with travel plans to get home. Required purchase of uniforms. Will begin night flying next week. 

 

Date: Sunday evening, January 30, 1944 - view letter
Writer: Lee Minker  
Recipient: Ralph L. Minker, Sr.
Place: Pecos AAFB
Waiting to get a call through. Best man at wedding of Harold Sites. Wallets stolen in cadet area, lost his address book and pictures as well. Wants dad to help with purchase of required uniforms. Started formation and instrument flying.
Names: Harold Sites and Wilma Wittenberg - wedding

 

Date: Tuesday evening, February 1, 1944 - view letter
Writer: Lee Minker  
Recipient: Bernice Minker
Place: Pecos AAFB
Arrangements for officer’s uniform with prices. Details of pay and expenditures. 

 

Date: Sunday noon, February 6, 1944 - view letter
Writer: Lee Minker  
Recipient: Edna Minker
Place: Pecos AAFB
Full schedule for Sunday, amount of work explains lack of letter writing. Plans for graduation, Army’s future plans for students. Record of hours as pilot and co-pilot, flew a low-level cross- country flight. 

 

Date: Tuesday noon, February 8, 1944 - view letter
Writer: Lee Minker  
Recipient: Edna Minker
Place: Pecos AAFB
Schedule does not permit time for a long distance call, please send roses to Julia [Taylor] for Valentine’s Day. 

 

Date: Monday noon, February 14, 1944 - view letter
Writer: Lee Minker  
Recipient: Edna Minker
Place: Pecos AAFB
Little time to write, travel arrangements and plans at home for furlough, desire to rest at home.  Cross country night flying Pecos to Midland to Salt Flat. 

 

Date: Saturday afternoon, February 19, 1944 - view letter
Writer: Lee Minker  
Recipient: Bernice Minker
Place: Pecos AAFB
Grounded due to bad weather, has 47 hours of Advanced Training, total of 195 pilot hours. Looks forward to hearing her sing.

 

Date: Sunday morning, February 27, 1944 - view letter
Writer: Lee Minker  
Recipient: Ralph L. Minker, Sr.
Place: Pecos AAFB
Plans for getting home.

 

Date: Tuesday noon, February 29, 1944 - view letter
Writer: Lee Minker  
Recipient: Edna Minker
Place: Pecos AAFB
Weather preventing needed flying time, list of remaining flying requirements.  Details of pay, cost of uniforms

 

Date: Sunday evening, March 5, 1944 - view letter
Writer: Lee Minker  
Recipient: Ralph L. Minker, Sr.
Place: Pecos AAFB
Worried he will not pass instrument check. List of causes of anxiety throughout flight training. Details of March 12 graduation as a Second Lieutenant. Expects to be in Wilmington March 15, how he wants to spend his time. Has to leave by Monday for operational training.  Eager to be at home.

 

Note: Ralph "Lee' Minker was on furlough in Wilmington Delaware March 13-21, 1944

Date: Wednesday evening, March 22, 1944 - view letter
Writer: Lee Minker  
Recipient: Edna Minker
Place: Dearborn RR Station, Chicago, IL
Worried he will not pass instrument check. List of causes of anxiety throughout flight training. Details of March 12 graduation as a Second Lieutenant. Expects to be in Wilmington March 15, how he wants to spend his time. Has to leave by Monday for operational training.  Eager to be at home.
Note: Handwritten notation added by author in the 1990s.

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