Records of the Civilian Pilot Training Program
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Acquisition and Processing Information: These materials were transferred to the University Archives prior to 1970. Finding aid posted to the Internet June 2011.
Photographs: Box 1
Robert Valentino Abate, U. S. Naval V5 instructor,
application photograph, February 18, 1944
Scope and Contents
These papers include reports, correspondence, course schedules, and applications of instructors for the Civilian Pilot Training Program from 1942 to 1944 at the State University of Iowa.
Correspondence is included from the Naval Aviation Cadet Selection Board, St. Louis, Missouri, and the Civil Aeronautics Administration Civilian Pilot Training, Kansas City, Missouri, within the reports series. There is correspondence with the Shaw Aircraft Company, which operated a flight school at the Iowa City Municipal Airport. The U. S. Naval contract includes correspondence with John P. Morris, director of the Civil Aeronautics Administration War Training Service in Washington, D. C.
Applications for instructor positions included in this collection were primarily received between March and May 1943. Some letters of application noted that War Training Service programs on their local campuses had been discontinued, while others were applying for positions because they had recently graduated from courses. Applications arrived from Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New York, Ohio, and Oregon.
Reports include the names of graduated students.
Eight-week course schedules cover the entire period of the War Training Service Program, from summer 1942 to spring 1944.
The Civilian Pilot Training Program was established in September 1939 on campuses nationwide, in anticipation of the need for increased numbers of pilots beyond what the armed forces was prepared to train. It was sponsored by the Civilian Aeronautics Administration as an extracurricular activity for college students. This civilian program was transformed into a military program during the summer of 1942. It was renamed the War Training Service Program and was designed for Army or Navy Air Corps cadets. In addition, the program provided supervisory training to Naval officers. According to the National Museum of the U. S. Air Force Web site, the services ended their contracts with the CPTP/WTS in early 1944 and the program was dissolved in 1946.
Folder, "Croft, Huber O.," Faculty and Staff Vertical Files collection (RG 01.15.03)
Folder, "Dawson, Francis M.," Faculty and Staff Vertical Files collection (RG 01.15.03)
Folder, "Lundquist, Elmer C.," Faculty and Staff Vertical Files collection (RG 01.15.03)
Papers of Elmer C. Lundquist (RG 99.0241)
Box Contents List
Applications for instructor positions
Abate, Robert Valentino, photograph attached
Aguirre, James Brassell, photograph attached
Carnes, G. C.
Collier, Lauren Kent, photograph attached
Cunningham, Chester Clyde
Gardner, Eugene V.
Green, Jess D.
Hofstad, Anton, photograph attached
Holtman, John Monroe, photograph attached
Houser, H. F.
Kirlin, S. Warner
Leu, Elmer Roy, photograph attached
Noble, Carl Elroy
Oppenheim, Theodore S.
Rudin, John Jesse, photograph attached
Shelden, Joseph Paul
Slayton, Clarence Harvy
Weblemoe, James L.
Zeiger, Harold, photograph attached
Holtman, John Monroe
Noble, Carl Elroy
Slayton, Clarence Harvy
Buckley Hotel, Iowa City, regarding beds for cadets, 1943-1944
Shaw Aircraft Company, Iowa City Municipal Airport, 1942-1943
U. S. Navy contract and correspondence, 1943-1944
Course Schedules, War Training Service
Summer 1942-fall 1943
Fall 1943-spring 1944
Iowa City CPT inspection, 1942
Mid-course reports, 1942
Semi-annual reports from Civil Aeronautics, 1942-1944
Graduated students, 1943-1944