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10,000th Kaydet is delivered Friday to armed forces

10,000th Kaydet is delivered Friday to armed forces
Creator: Wichita Eagle
Date: July 29, 1944
This article from the Wichita Eagle covers the release of the 10,000 Boeing/Stearman Kaydet training airplane and the B-29 "X" airplane. Both airplanes had their production numbers painted on their fuselage to represent their respective milestones in aircraft production. The "X" on the B-29 denoted the fact that the official production numbers for the B-29 were classified during World War II.


American troops in WW II

American troops in WW II
Creator: Signal Corps : Bureau of Public Relations War Department
Date: June 7, 1944
American Troops moving onto a beachhead in northern France.


Anne G. Cravens to Governor Andrew Schoeppel

Anne G. Cravens to Governor Andrew Schoeppel
Creator: Cravens, Anne G.
Date: August 15, 1944
In this letter to Governor Schoeppel, Anne G. Cravens of Santa Monica, California, tells Schoeppel that he should work to establish a "Veterans City" in Kansas where returning soliders could live following the war.


"Army Hit Kit" booklet

"Army Hit Kit" booklet
Creator: Shapiro, Bernstein & Company, Inc.
Date: 1944
Booklet titled " Army Hit Kit." Tri-fold booklet printed on newsprint paper. It dates to 1944. Beginning in 1943, the Special Services Division of the U.S. Army sent song lyrics and sheet music to troops serving on the front each month. Music was considered good for recreation and morale. The booklets contained popular American music, which kept the soldiers acquainted with what was going on at home. This booklet contains the lyrics to seven songs: It Had to Be You; Swinging on a Star; You Made Me Love You; The Marseillaise; Good Night, Wherever You Are; Milkman Keep Those Bottles Quiet; and Amor. The booklets were distributed during mail call so that even soldiers who didn't receive letters got something.


Arthur Capper to Major General Clarence Danielson

Arthur Capper to Major General Clarence Danielson
Creator: Capper, Arthur, 1865-1951
Date: June 02, 1944
Arthur Capper's telegram to General Danielson relays the concerns of Kansas farmers who fear that their supply of POW labor is about to run out.


Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Company's steam locomotive #5022

Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Company's steam locomotive #5022
Date: Between 1944 and 1955
This photographs shows the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Company's steam locomotive #5022 pulling rolling stock through a unidentified location. The "Texas" type locomotive, built in 1944 by the Baldwin Locomotive Works of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, has a 2-10-4 wheel arrangement. It was later scrapped for metal by 1959.


Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Company yards, Barstow, California

Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Company yards, Barstow, California
Date: April 1, 1944
This photograph shows the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Company rail yards in Barstow, California. To the left is the Fred Harvey House, the Casa Del Desierto.


B-29 backlog of 1 1/2 billion dollars held

B-29 backlog of 1 1/2 billion dollars held
Creator: Wichita Eagle
Date: December 30, 1944
This article from the Wichita Eagle details the huge demands placed on the Boeing Aircraft Company by the War Department which needed more B-29s for the U.S. air effort in World War II. Totaling over $1,150,000,000.00 in new orders, the War Department's requirements led Boeing employees to work around the clock to produce the requisite number of aircraft.


B-29 is city's big contribution to the war effort

B-29 is city's big contribution to the war effort
Creator: Wichita Eagle
Date: June 15, 1944
This article from the Wichita Eagle details the features of the Boeing B-29 Superfortress. The B-29, the most powerful U.S. bomber during World War II, put Wichita on the map and provided the city with the tremendous influx of money and people that were required to build the airplane.


B-29 is rated as deceptive in appearance

B-29 is rated as deceptive in appearance
Date: June 16, 1944
This article from the Wichita Eagle details the experience of a Wichita Eagle writer and their flight in a B-29.


Beechcraft Bomber crew trainers postcard

Beechcraft Bomber crew trainers postcard
Date: 1944
This is a postcard illustrating Beechcraft bomber crew trainers. Aircraft featured are: AT-10 Plywood Trainer, AT-7 Navigation Trainer, AT-11 Bombing and Gunnery Trainer, all from the Beech Aircraft Corporation in Wichita, Kansas.


Biennial report of the Boys Industrial School, 1944

Biennial report of the Boys Industrial School, 1944
Creator: Kansas. State Board of Social Welfare
Date: 1944
The Kansas State Reform School, also known as the Industrial School for Boys, was established in 1879 by a legislative act that appropriated $35,000 for the erection of buildings, etc., in Topeka, Kansas. Control and supervision of the school was placed in the hands of the Board of Trustees of Charitable Institutions. The school was located 3 miles north of the capitol building on an original tract of 170 acres that was given by the city of Topeka. The west wing of the main building was opened on June 1, 1881. The school taught boys the rudiments of useful employment as a means of supporting themselves after being discharged from the facility. The boys learned, among other things, tailoring, shoe and harness making, woodworking of various kinds, baking, and printing. Information included in this item are reports from various departments as well as general school statistics.


Biggest land transport

Biggest land transport
Creator: Boeing Airplane Company
Date: 1944
This article, published in the November 1944 edition of the Boeing Magazine, details the development of the Boeing 377 airliner. Produced at the end of World War II, the 377 Stratocruiser owed its development to the success of earlier Boeing airplanes, such as the B-29.


Bishop family portrait

Bishop family portrait
Date: 1944
This is a photograph of Wayne L., Florence and Darrel Bishop. The photograph was possibly taken in early 1944 before Wayne was drafted and inducted into the US Army on September 20, 1944. He served in 382nd Infantry Regiment, 96th Division in the Tenth Army and was wounded during a battle on Okinawa. While serving in World War II, Wayne wrote numerous letters to his family. The letters are in the Manuscripts Collection at the Kansas State Historical Society and a book titled World War II Letters by Wayne L. Bishop 1944/45, written by Darrel Bishop is available in the State Archives.


Boeing B-29 Superfortress Production in Wichita

Boeing B-29 Superfortress Production in Wichita
Date: 1941-1945
Final assembly line point in Wichita for the completed Boeing B-29 Superfortress bombers ready for delivery to the United States Air Force during World War II.


Brigadier General J.M. Eager to Senator Arthur Capper

Brigadier General J.M. Eager to Senator Arthur Capper
Creator: Eager, Brigadier General J.M.
Date: August 17, 1944
This letter, sent by Brigadier General J.M. Eager to Senator Capper, discusses the treatment of Italian POWs held in the United States during World War II.


Camp Phillips, Salina, Kansas

Camp Phillips, Salina, Kansas
Date: Between 1942 and 1944
This photograph shows a group of people gathered at the Non-Commissioned Officers Club at Camp Phillips in Salina, Kansas.


Camp Phillips, Salina, Kansas

Camp Phillips, Salina, Kansas
Date: Between 1942 and 1944
This photograph shows militrary troops marching at Camp Phillips in Salina, Kansas.


Camp Phillips, Salina, Kansas

Camp Phillips, Salina, Kansas
Date: Between 1942 and 1944
These six post cards show military scenes of Camp Phillips in Salina, Kansas. The views include the chapel, the service club, Gate 2, soldiers at attention, post headquarters on McArthur Ave and 9th street east from Grant Ave.


Camp Phillips, Salina, Kansas

Camp Phillips, Salina, Kansas
Date: Between 1942 and 1944
This photograph shows soldiers training to shoot a 155 mm Howitzer at Camp Phillips in Salina, Kansas.


Cessna Aircraft Assembly Line, Wichita, Kansas

Cessna Aircraft Assembly Line, Wichita, Kansas
Creator: Cessna Aircraft Company
Date: September 29, 1944
These black and white photographs show an assembly line of completed AT-17 Bobcats at the Cessna Aircraft Company in Wichita, Kansas.


Chase County agriculture structures

Chase County agriculture structures
Date: 1944-1945
These two photographs show a creosote storage tank and a trench silo. The storage tank was owned by the U. S. government and was used for chinch bug control. The capacity of this tank was approximately 12,000 gallons. The trench silo housed an abundance of feed in the fall of 1944. These photographs came from the Chase County Extension Office annual reports.


Coast Guard at Saipan, Japan

Coast Guard at Saipan, Japan
Date: Between June 15, 1944 and July 09, 1944
This black and white photograph shows a number of United States Coast Guard Landing Craft, Vehicle, Personnel, (LCVP's), navigating the waters near Saipan, Japan after the Battle of Saipan.


Coral Bell to Governor Andrew Schoeppel

Coral Bell to Governor Andrew Schoeppel
Creator: Bell, Coral
Date: October 4, 1944
This letter from Coral Bell to Governor Schoeppel, concerns the treatment of the African American citizens of Ellis, Kansas. Bell explains that the Victory Café in Ellis has a sign in the front window that states "We Cater to White Trade Only" and questions is this the type of freedom he fought for while serving in the U.S. military.


Damian and Sonja Henry

Damian and Sonja Henry
Date: 1943-1945
Two photographs showing Damian Henry (September 26, 1938- ) and Sonja Henry (September 16, 1941-April 6, 1945), the children of Leo and Agnes (Kelly) Henry. Sonja died of lockjaw at age 4 years.


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