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Air Force Historical Foundation

Founded in 1953 by Gen. Carl A. “Tooey” Spaatz and other air power pioneers, the Air Force Historical Foundation is dedicated to preserving the history and traditions of American aviation, with emphasis on the U.S. Air Force, its predecessor organizations, and the men and women whose lives and dreams were devoted to flight.

Mission

Educate our country concerning the indispensable contribution of Air Power to our nation’s defense

Execution

• Disseminating an accurate account of the United States Air ...


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Photo of General Arnold in an airplane cockpit at Crissy Field Air Force Base. Inscription:  H.A. Erikson Photos 47  Inscription on back : Arnold, Lefere - Curry Field 1920
Topic: Pilot
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by Westover, Oscar
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Thank you letter to Mrs. Arnold for hosting Brigadier General Oscar Westover at the Arnold's home in Riverside, CA. Page 2 of 2 (see hap_000015_access)
Topic: Written Correspondence
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Back of image hap_000036_access Inscription:  General Arnold, Sir John Hill, Return from Casablanca.
Topic: Portrait of Men
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Back of image hap_000032_access Inscription:  April 1941, Clipper to London
Topic: Portrait of a Man
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by Pach Brothers Studio
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Portrait of Henry Arnold as a young man at the United States Military Academy Inscription:  (front stamp) Pach, Photographer, 935 Broadway, New York Inscription on back : HH Arnold, Pleb year U.S.M.A. 1903
Topic: Portrait
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Back of image hap_000058_access Inscription:  June '43, 971657, HHA Bruce Graduation
Topic: Graduation Ceremony
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Portrait of Henry Arnold in uniform.
Topic: Portrait of a Soldier
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by Brooke, Alan Francis
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Note to General Arnold from General Brooke, the Chairman of the Chiefs of Staff in Britain, declining an invitation to visit Ottowa.
Topic: Written Correspondence- Signed
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by United Newsreel Corporation
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Footage from General Arnold's visits to: Paris (Hotel Raphael), Napoleon's Tomb, Munich, Berchtesgaden, Koenig See, Hitler's Eagle Nest, S. S. Barracks, Hitler's Chalet, 96 Berliner Strasse, Berlin, Tempelhof, Sans Souci, and Potsdam. Inscription:  (Inscribed on reel) T.F. NO. C-406, AIR WAR IN EUROPE (label 1) 8 color 1945, Paris, Munich, Berchtesgaden, Koenig See, Potsdam, Berlin, Tempelhof, Sans Souci, Potsdam (label 2) Splice
Topic: World War 2 News Reels
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Officers Robertson, Brett, and Arnold conversing at Rockwell Air Force Base . Inscription on back : W.A. Robertson, Seo. Brett, H.H.A., Rockwell 1916.
Topic: Photo of Soldiers
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by Air Corps
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Back of image hap_000052_access
Topic: Pilot
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Back of image hap_000046_access Inscription: EPA + HHA, Bruce, Lois + Hank, Presidio - 1921?
Topic: Family Portrait
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Back of image hap_000048_access Inscription:  College Park, Wright Flyer, HHA
Topic: Wright Flyer
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by Burton, Harold H.
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Thank you letter from Supreme Court Justice Harold H. Burton to General Arnold.
Topic: Written Correspondence- Signed
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by Patel
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Letter to General Arnold. Page 2 of 2 (see hap_000017_access for front)
Topic: Cursive- Written Correspondence
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by Army Air Force
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Photo of Henry Arnold visiting a wounded soldier at the AAF Convalescent Hospital in Miami Beach, FL and caption. Inscription on back :  Miami Beach, FL.--General of the Army H. H. Arnold, Commanding General of the AAF, Inspects the AAf Regional and Convalescent Hospital, Miami District of P.D.C., before returning to duty in Washington after having been a patient at the hospital while recuperating from a recent illness. Here General Arnold is at the bedside of Staff Sergeant Gordon Scheerhorn,...
Topic: Soldier in Hospital
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by Air Corps
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Photo of Lieut. Col. Henry Arnold Inscription:  (G-1-109I-23)(2-16-35-11A) Lieut. Col. H.H. Arnold, Air Corps Inscription on back : (stamp) Official photo, credit to be given, 23rd Photo Section, Air Corps, U.S. Army
Topic: Pilot
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General Arnold and his son Bruce at graduation. Inscription on back :  June '43, 971657, HHA Bruce Graduation
Topic: Graduation Ceremony
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by Daily News
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Back of image hap_000005_access . Inscription:  (Stamp) Copyrighted by "Daily News" 220 East 42nd Street, N.Y. City. This photograph is for personal use only, publication or reproduction is absolutely prohibited without written permission
Topic: Ceremony
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Back of image hap_000003_access. Inscription: W.A. Robertson, Seo. Brett, H.H.A., Rockwell 1916
Topic: Photo of Soldiers
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by Daily News
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Large crowd at a celebratory event in a hanger. Inscription on back :  (Stamp) Copyrighted by "Daily News" 220 East 42nd Street, N.Y. City. This photograph is for personal use only, publication or reproduction is absolutely prohibited without written permission
Topic: Ceremony
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Henry Arnold, Tommy Milling, and Paul Beck standing in a field at College Park Inscription:  College Park 1911 Inscription on back : College park, war 1911, Arnold, Hi (illegible) Beck
Topic: Soldiers in Field
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by U.S. Army Air Corps
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Brig. Gen. Arnold, Lt. Col. Tinker, and Lt. Col. Russell at Hamilton Field Air Force Base, CA. Inscription:  (G-12-32E-HF)(5-21-36-2:05P) Brig. Gen. Arnold, Lt. Col. Tinker, and Lt. Col. Russell at Hamilton Field Calif. Inscription on back : Official Photograph, U.S. Army Air Corps, Photo Detachment, Hamilton Field, Calif.
Topic: Colonels in Field
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by U.S. Army Air Corps
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Back of image hap_000040_access Inscription:  Official Photograph, U.S. Army Air Corps, Photo Detachment, Hamilton Field, Calif.
Topic: Colonels in Field
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by Westover, Oscar
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Thank you letter to Mrs. Arnold for hosting Brigadier General Oscar Westover at the Arnold's home in Riverside, CA. Page 1 of 2 (see hap_000016_access )
Topic: Written Correspondence
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by Bradley
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Thank you note to General Arnold for a letter of sympathy.
Topic: Written Correspondence- Signed
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Back of image hap_000034_access Inscription:  Arnold, Lefere - Curry Field 1920
Topic: Pilot
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by Eisenhower, Dwight D.
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Letter to General Arnold about a decision made by the Decorations Board regarding General McIntyre. Inscription:  (Top) PF 414 (Bottom) McIntyre
Topic: Written Corresponence- Signed
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by Harris and Ewing Photographic News Service
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Back of image hap_000061_access Inscription:  Harris and Ewing News Photos. "How's the climate in Shangri-La?" Bolling Field, D.C. June 27--With a friendly hand resting on the shoulder of the man who led the famous bombing raid on Tokyo, Lieut. General Henry H. Arnold, Commanding General of the Ary Air Force is shown chatting with Brigadier General James H. "Jimmy" Doolittle, right. 06/27/42.
Topic: Portrait of Men
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by Air Corps
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Back of image hap_000050_access Inscription:  Lt. Col. H.H. Arnold (2-16-35) 29831
Topic: Pilot
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by Harris and Ewing Photographic News Service
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Harris and Ewing News Photo of Henry Arnold and James H. Doolittle (Jimmy) with caption. Inscription on back : Harris and Ewing News Photos. "How's the climate in Shangri-La?" Bolling Field, D.C. June 27--With a friendly hand resting on the shoulder of the man who led the famous bombing raid on Tokyo, Lieut. General Henry H. Arnold, Commanding General of the Ary Air Force is shown chatting with Brigadier General James H. "Jimmy" Doolittle, right. 06/27/42.
Topic: Portrait of Men
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by Trenchard, Hugh Montague
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Personal invitation to General Arnold from the Marshal of the Royal Air Force in London to come dine with him and his wife at their home in Kensington. Page 2 of 2 (see hap_000010_access for front)
Topic: Written Correspondence
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Visiting Generals inspect equipment in China. (Left to right) Sir John Dill, B. Gen. C. Chennault, Lt. Gen. Arnold, Lt. Gen. J. Stillwell, B. Gen. C., Bissell, Col. C.D. Vincent Inscription:  Visiting Generals inspect equipment in China. Lto R., Sir John Dill, B. Gen. C. Chennault, Lt. Gen. Arnold, Lt. Gen. J. Stillwell, B. Gen. C., Bissell, Col. C.D. Vincent, February 1943.
Topic: Generals in China
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by Holmes, Mike
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General Mike Holmes describes his experience in the Airforce during 9/11 and following. Part 1 of 2 (see Gen Mike Holmes 2 )
Topic: Oral History
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by Hearst Metrotone News
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Compilation of film segments taken from the Air Force's "News of the Day" series which cover General Arnold's tour of the Pacific War Zone, the bombing of Tokyo, and highlights from the life of General Arnold. Film titles include: "Lightning tour of Pacific War Zone," "Doolittle's Own Story of Raid on Tokyo," "They Bombed Tokyo," "Tokyo Raid Revelations: Jap Murderers of U.S. Flyers Arouse Nation," "Film Highlights in the Life of General...
Topic: World War 2 News Reels
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Back of image hap_000044_access Inscription:  General Arnold and his Air Staff in the Garden of Mena House Hotel, Cairo, Egypt
Topic: Portrait of Soldiers
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by Holmes, Mike
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General Mike Holmes describes his experience in the Airforce during 9/11 and following. Part 2 of 2 (see Gen Mike Holmes 1 )
Topic: Oral History
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by Knox, Frank
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Thank you note to General Arnold from the Secretary of the Navy Frank Knox to General Arnold for sending a Christmas card.
Topic: Written Correnspondence- Signed
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by Pach Brothers Studio
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Back of image hap_000042_access Inscription: HH Arnold, Pleb year U.S.M.A. 1903
Topic: Portrait
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by Army Air Service Photo School
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Photo of battleship and explosion in the water. Inscription:  C-21538 X Frankfort - 10:40 A.M. - 300th - Army #14 - 7/18/21, U.S. Army Air Service Photographic School
Topic: Bomber
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by U.S. Army Signal Corps
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Back of image hap_000007_access Inscription:  (Stamp) Watch your credit, No objection to reproducing or publishing this picture provided credit line, Photo by U.S. Army Signal Corps, Appears on the photograph or page, Dept that writes permission must be obtained from the War Department if it is desired for use in commercial advertising. Signal Corps Photographic Laboratory, Washington D.C. 150 583
Topic: Photo of officers
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Henry Arnold in the cockpit of a plane.
Topic: Airman
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by Air Corps
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Back of image hap_000054_access Inscription:  (stamp) Official photo, credit to be given, 23rd Photo Section, Air Corps, U.S. Army
Topic: Pilot
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Back of image hap_000038_access Inscription:  College park, war 1911, Arnold, Hi (illegible) Beck
Topic: Soldiers in Field
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by Patel
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Letter to General Arnold. Page 1 of 2 (see hap_000018_access for back)
Topic: Cursive- Written Correspondence
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by Army Air Service Photo School
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Photo of Martin Bombers Inscription:  C21474. Bombing - G-102. Martin Bombers. 7-13-21. Army Air Service Photo School.
Topic: Bombers
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by Trenchard, Hugh Montague
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Personal invitation to General Arnold from the Marshal of the Royal Air Force in London to come dine with him and his wife at their home in Kensington. Page 1 of 2 (see hap_000011_access for back)
Topic: Written Correspondence
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by Air Corps
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Lieut. Col. Henry Arnold as a pilot sitting on top of a plane. Inscription:  (G-3-109I-23)(1-16-35 - 11:10A) Lieut. Col. H.H. Arnold, Air Corps Inscription on back : (stamp) Official photo, credit to be given, 23rd Photo Section, Air Corps, U.S. Army
Topic: Pilot
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by Army Air Service Photo School
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March Field Air Force Base construction Inscription:  March Field Construction. Jan 4. 1929. 13126 R.S. Inscription on back : Released by Information Division, Air Corps, If used for publication, please credit on back, Official Photograph, U.S. Army Air Corps
Topic: Airfield
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by Army Air Service Photo
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Looking aft on board a Navy ship. Inscription:  C-21876, Looking aft, Army Air Service Photo School
Topic: Battleship
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by Stimson, Henry L.
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Thank you note to General Arnold from the Secretary of War for sending a Christmas card.
Topic: Written Correspondence- Signed
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by Army Air Force
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Back of image hap_000064_access Inscription:  Miami Beach, FL.--General of the Army H. H. Arnold, Commanding General of the AAF, Inspects the AAf Regional and Convalescent Hospital, Miami District of P.D.C., before returning to duty in Washington after having been a patient at the hospital while recuperating from a recent illness. Here General Arnold is at the bedside of Staff Sergeant Gordon Scheerhorn, son of Mrs. Martin DeGraff, 130 East 17th Street, Holland, Mich. Seargeant Scheerhorn...
Topic: Soldier in Hospital
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Henry Arnold standing by a plane. Inscription: 1941 Inscription on back : April 1941, Clipper to London
Topic: Portrait of a Man
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by Air Corps
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Henry Arnold as a pilot. Inscription on back :  Lt. Col. H.H. Arnold (2-16-35) 29831
Topic: Pilot
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by U.S. Army Signal Corps
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Henry Arnold and two officers standing in uniform. Inscription on back :  (Stamp) Watch your credit, No objection to reproducing or publishing this picture provided credit line, Photo by U.S. Army Signal Corps, Appears on the photograph or page, Dept that writes permission must be obtained from the War Department if it is desired for use in commercial advertising. Signal Corps Photographic Laboratory, Washington D.C. 150 583
Topic: Photo of officers
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General Arnold and Sir John Hill standing by a plane after returning from a trip to Casablanca Inscription on back :  General Arnold, Sir John Hill, Return from Casablanca.
Topic: Portrait of Men
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by Patel
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Thank you note to General Arnold for sending a copy of The Official Guide to the Army Air Forces.
Topic: Written Correspondence- Signed
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by Army Air Service Photo School
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Back of image hap_000056_access Inscription:  Released by Information Division, Air Corps, If used for publication, please credit on back, Official Photograph, U.S. Army Air Corps
Topic: Airfield
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by Farley, James A.
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Thank you note to General Arnold.
Topic: Written Correspondence- Signed
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Back of image hap_000026_access Inscription:  HHA - EPA. Aunt Betty, Aunt Lo, Tommy Milling
Topic: Family Portrait
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Henry Arnold sitting in a Wright Flyer at College Park. Inscription on back :  College Park, Wright Flyer, HHA
Topic: Wright Flyer
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Eleanor and Henry Arnold, Bruce, Lois, and Hank Inscription: 1909 Inscription on back :  EPA + HHA, Bruce, Lois + Hank, Presidio - 1921?
Topic: Family Portrait
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by Hull, Cordell
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Thank you note from the Secretary of State Hull Cordell to General Arnold for sending a copy of The Official Guide to the Army Air Forces.
Topic: Written Correspondence- Signed
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by Army Air Service Photo School
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Photo of Bombers and a Demolition Bomb exploding in the water. Inscription:  C-21843. 300# Demolition Bomb. Army Air Service Photo School, 9-23-21.
Topic: Bombers
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General Arnold and his Air Staff seated in front of a pyramid at the Mena House Hotel in Cairo, Egypt. Inscription: 27057 A.C Inscription on back : General Arnold and his Air Staff in the Garden of Mena House Hotel, Cairo, Egypt
Topic: Portrait of Soldiers
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Family photo of Henry and Eleanor Arnold, Aunt Betty, Aunt Lo., and Tommy Milling Inscription on back : HHA - EPA. Aunt Betty, Aunt Lo, Tommy Milling
Topic: Family Portrait