While researching these more than 1,100 pilots, I've had the pleasure of connecting with Greenville Flyer Mr. Joseph (Joe) Stern. We've shared a number of phone calls over the last two months. He has demonstrated his recollection of events 75+ years ago is as good or better than most peoples memory of an event that occurred less than a year ago.
During our most recent conversation, Joe shared that his classbook from Advanced Flying Training at Stuttgart Army Flying School met an untimely demise. Growing up in Brooklyn, he returned there after the war. A young cousin lived in an apartment a couple of floors below. She found his classbook and decided she wanted to memorialize her hero cousin and clipped all photos of him from the classbook. Those photos were never returned. With only empty spaces where his photos once graced the pages, he decided the classbook was of no further use and hasn't seen it since.
So far, the "Final Approach" classbook for Class 43-H has eluded me, thus my request for help. If any visitors of Greenville Flyers have information on the location of a physical or digital copy of this classbook, please contact me through the Share a Story page on this site.
Joe celebrated his 98th birthday this week. This would be a wonderful gift to share with him.
Thank you for your consideration.