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Mrs. Arthur Comstock WWII Air Warning Service Certificates

 Collection
Identifier: MSS-4061

Scope and Contents

The collection contains two Air Warning Service certificates awarded to Mrs. Arthur Comstock (Mae). The first is a Certificate of Appointment as an Observer at Avon 44 of the General Observer Corps, Aircraft Warning Service, III Fighter Command, U. S. Army Air Forces, dated July 1, 1943; signed by A.H. Gilkeson(?), Brigadier General, U.S. Army, Commanding, and Isaac Molella, Acting Regional Commander. The second is a Certificate of Service, stating that she served in the capacity of Observer in the Aircraft Warning Service, dated June 1, 1944; signed by T. W. Blackburn, Brigadier General, U.S. Army, Commanding, and Isaac Molella, Major Signal Corps, Acting Regional Commander, Mobile Air Command.

Dates

  • 1943-1944

Creator

Physical Description

the larger certificate of appointment is rather fragile

Biographical / Historical

Due to the development of long range bombers between World War I and World War II, it became clear that an early warning system was needed to protect the United States from this new threat just before its entry into the world-wide conflict. Rather than take away from the fighting strength of the Army, civilians were asked to volunteer to act as plane spotters.

The Aircraft Warning Service was organized in May 1941 on the east and west coasts of the United States. Many of those who, for whatever reason, could not join the military were recruited to the AWS. This led to a vast majority of women as observers. All observers received extensive training in aircraft recognition.

The AWS was deactivated on May 27, 1944.

Extent

1.4 Linear Feet

Language of Materials

English

Overview

Two World War II U. S. Army Air Forces Air Warning Service certificates awarded to Mrs. Arthur Comstock (Mae) for serving in the Ground Observer Corps.

Provenance

gift of Libba Nicholson, 2014

Physical Description

the larger certificate of appointment is rather fragile

General

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Processed by

Martha Bace, 2014

Creator

Source

Title
Guide to the Mrs. Arthur Comstock WWII Air Warning Service Certificates
Status
Coll Lvl Complete
Date
November 2014
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
English

Repository Details

Part of the The University of Alabama Libraries Special Collections Repository

Contact:
Box 870266
Tuscaloosa AL 35487-0266
205.348.0500