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  • Spatial Coverage is exactly "Florida--Arcadia"

Gives personal details, dates of service as airman and recommended for commission 26/7/43. Lists postings for training and to 9 Squadron. Mustered as pilot, then observer and navigator.

Writes that his course is getting harder but he was keeping up. Says a little about flying and replies to and actions requests in their letters he recently received. Continues catching up with family gossip and news. Speculates about farming in the…

Hopes the photographs he sent arrived alright and describes where some were taken including those of squadron doing drill. Catches up with family news and gossip. Mentions good food, no air raids in the United States unlike at home. Writes a little…

Writes about recent poor weather, that flying had suffered and no one had gone solo. Hopes better weather coming so he should either go solo or be eliminated from pilot training. Comments on life, facilities, training, discipline and activities.…

Catches up with family news, birthdays and other news. Mentions he had now moved to Carlstrom Field, Arcadia, Florida. Describes living conditions and provides sketch map of camp. Comments on food, weather, and that they had not yet flown, Writes…

Starts with account of movements in RAF for 1941. Continues lwith entries for daily activities. Embarks Greenock, Leaves Milford Haven on 8 January for voyage across Atlantic and describes voyage to Canada. Arrives Moncton 20 January describes daily…

Title 'Taken in America 1942, Carlstrom Field, Arcadia, Florida'.
Top left - an airmen wearing flying jacket, helmet and goggles standing outside a barrack block.
Top right - an airmen wearing flying jacket, helmet and goggles standing leaning…

Top - in centre a bus with cars either side. Captioned 'Sarasota bus leaving Carlstrom'.
Bottom left - cat at petrol station with two men standing behind. Captioned 'gassing up the car'.
Bottom right - six airmen sitting on the front of a car…

Top - single storey building with patio in front with palm trees. Captioned 'Palm-patio, orchestra shell, dancing squares'.
Bottom left - view down a path towards a single storey building with arched front doorway. Captioned 'Main front to library…

Top - view along a line of bi-planes parked on airfield. Captioned 'Stearman Trainers in imposing array'.
Bottom left - distant view of airborne aircraft and cumulus cloud. Captioned 'Cumulus cloud and me and my Stearman'.
Bottom right - view from…

Top left - three airmen wearing flying jackets and helmets standing on a path between barracks. Captioned 'Bert, Pedro & Ken in flying kit'.
Top right - single storey building with palm trees in front. Captioned 'The palm patio and orchestra shell…

Top left - view across swimming pool surrounded by palm trees with buildings in the background. Captioned 'Swimming pool, Carlstrom Field, Arcadia, Florida'.
Top right - two airmen behind a desk inside a room with window and bunk-bed behind.…

Book given to students training at the Riddle Aeronautical Institute, Carlstrom Field, Arcadia, Florida, United States. Starts with some history of institute and airfield. Gives general advice to students, outlines objectives of the course and gives…

Text and numerous b/w photographs (some of which are also located in sub-collection albums) covering from immediately before and during World War II - (1939-1946). First page has colour photographs and description of prisoner of war medal. Continues…

Top left - Stearman biplanes in line and taxiing on airfield. One aircraft airborne. Captioned 'The operation strip Carlstrom'.
Top middle - lines of biplanes and a single engine low wing monoplane in the centre al parked on airfield. Captioned…

Man wearing flying helmet and goggles sitting in the rear cockpit of a Stearman Biplane. Captioned 'EH Tansley during training at Carlstrom Field, Arcadia, Florida. Early 1942'. Additional information about this item was kindly provided by the donor

A man wearing flying jacket and helmet standing in front of a Stearman biplane. Other aircraft in line behind. Captioned 'Dad's first flying instructor at Carlstrom Field taken in February 1942. Mr J E Don. I thought it might fit in with the one of…

Line of airmen standing at ease wearing flying overalls and helmets in front of a line of Stearman biplanes. Another line of airmen facing the aircraft with parachutes on the ground. Captioned 'Carlsrom Field circa late 1941, British cadets being…

Thirty six airmen wearing khaki uniform and side caps sitting and standing in three rows. They are all holding scrolls. On the wall behind United States and British flags. Captioned 'First graduating Class of British cadets at Calstrom field, August…


Biography of Ernest Tansley's daughter Anne. Writes of background and family. Gives service history of her father including joining, training in England and the United States and eventual posting to 57 Squadron at RAF Scampton. Writes of her memories…

Full length portrait of an airman wearing khaki uniform standing in the open with buildings in the background. On the reverse 'Ernest Tansley (Ernie) in Carsltom Field, USA, 22/1/1942, his 28th birthday'.


A airman wearing khaki uniform stands sideways against a palm tree. In the background single story barracks. On the reverse 'Carlstrom Filed, Arcadia Florida, USA, 22nd Jan 1942'.


Man wearing flying helmet with goggles and jacket standing in front of a PT-17 Stearman biplane with another aircraft in the background. On the reverse 'My 1st American instructor, Mr J K Don, Carlstom Field, Arkadia, Fla, Feb 1942'.
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