Finding Aid for the Manuel Fernandez Second World War correspondence collection 2017.469.w.r

Wynter Salazar
Center for American War Letters Archives
Leatherby Libraries
Chapman University
Orange, CA 92866

Contributing Institution: Center for American War Letters Archives
Title: Manuel Fernandez Second World War correspondence
Creator: Fernandez, Manuel
source: Baldwin, Jeanne
Identifier/Call Number: 2017.469.w.r
Physical Description: 0.08 Linear feet (1 folder)
Date (inclusive): 1938 - 1945
Abstract: This collection contains one letter from PFC Manuel Fernandez, USAAF during the Second World War.
Physical Description: Some tears and water and dirt damage. Might have mold.
Language of Material: English .
Container: WWII 20
Container: 6
Container: 1

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Jeanne Ellen Baldwin.


This collection is arranged by material type, author, and date.

Preferred Citation

[Item title, Box number, Folder number], Manuel Fernandez Second World War correspondence (2017.469.w.r), Center for American War Letters Archives, Chapman University, CA.

Content Description

This collection contains correspondence from PFC Manuel Fernandez, USAAF to Nellie and George during the Second World War. They seem to be family friends but this cannot be confirmed. The date of the letter is also unknown, but the donor stated that it was written during the Second World War.
The letterhead of the letter states that Fernandez is writing from the Flying Fortress School in Seattle, Washington. He apologizes to Nellie and George for losing their business, but he does not state what the business was. He says that he is studying the B -29, "the new super bomber" in school. He says, "I've got a slim chance to go to Yale and take a Flight Engineer's course, but even I don't go to Yale, I'm in a position to learn all about a plane that's going to be a model of Post War cargo planes and after this war I'll have a good chance for a good job." At the bottom of the letter on the third page he gives his address. It can be assumed that the acronym stands for Army Air Force Training Detachment- Army Air Force Western Technical Training Command, but the acronym A.A.F.T.D. has been hard to determine an accurate definition. It could be the case that Fernandez misspelled the acronym, giving the possibility that the acronym was supposed to be A.A.F.T.C. or Army Air Force Training Command or A.A.F.F.T.D. or Army Air Force Flying Training Detachment, but again this is speculation.

Conditions Governing Use

There are no restrictions on the use of this material except where previously copyrighted material is concerned. It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain all permissions. For further copyright information, please contact the archivist.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

World War II
World War (1939-1945)
Correspondence -- World War, 1939-1945
World War (1914-1918) -- Homefront
Baldwin, Jeanne