1943 Engaging Manuscript Diary Handwritten by a World War II Private that Paints a Detailed Picture of Daily Life with the Aircraft Warning Service, a Little-Known but Fascinating Branch of the United States Army

By: L.W. Shatterly

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On offer is the engaging daily diary of L.W. Shatterly, a World War Two private associated with the Aircraft Warning Service (AWS), a little-known but significant element of the United States Army. His diary covers the period from March 2, 1943 until October 26, 1943, and contains intermittent entries until January 1, 1944. Also included is a pass that granted Shatterly an 18-hour leave. This accessible notebook paints a very human picture of a young man deployed away from home during WWII. For a military historian, it gives a detailed look at the daily routine of a private in a largely forgotten service of the United States Army. To defend against enemy attack on US soil during World War II, the United States Army Air Forces established the Aircraft Warning Service (AWS). The AWS combined observation posts manned by civilian volunteer aircraft spotters and information and filter centers that were staffed by both military personnel and civilian volunteers. The civilian ground observers were trained to identify aircraft using a variety of materials including charts, flash cards, and rubber model planes that, if found today, are often mistaken for children’s toys. Aircraft recognition spread beyond the AWS and became a popular hobby in many communities. Pvt. Shatterly was attached to the AWS Training Centre, 3rd Interceptor Command, based at Drew Field in Tampa, Florida. His diary entries detail the daily duties, frustrations, and social activities of a young man stationed away from home. The following excerpts give us a sense of Shatterly’s writing: “Today was my birthday. I was rather disappointed in not getting a letter from my girl Doris. I love her so much. If God was to help me find myself and her it would be so grand. Today was a [ ] day. Was changed from crew B to crew A and its all mixed up.” [Mar 5, 1943] “Today I’m on C2 and of course I would like to be doing something else. I wrote Kathy again today and my! She sure is pouring me the letters. I’m exercising my eyes 3 times daily for 15 minutes at a time with a pencil. Sure hope that this will in some way help me make Air Cadet. No mail came in at all last night and a lot of the Boys were disappointed included myself. This is about all for tonight.” [June 3, 1943] “... this afternoon we went out for some gas drill which proved very interesting in as much as I had never had this particular type of training happen before. We had tubes of gas which were set off and we walk through the gas...” [Sept 29, 1943] The notebook is a five-year diary measuring 6.25 inches by 4.5 inches. It contains 365 pages and is about 50% complete. The author did not use the book as a 5-year diary, but rather as a daily one-year diary. The condition of the volume, including cover, clasp, binding, and pages, is very good. The handwriting is legible.

Title: 1943 Engaging Manuscript Diary Handwritten by a World War II Private that Paints a Detailed Picture of Daily Life with the Aircraft Warning Service, a Little-Known but Fascinating Branch of the United States Army

Author Name: L.W. Shatterly

Categories: 20th Century Diary, 20th Century Manuscript, 20th Century Rare Book, 20th Century Rare Books, Books and Manuscripts General Overview,

Publisher: Tampa, FL, 1943

Book Condition: Very Good

Type: Manuscript

Size: 6.25” x 4.5”

Seller ID: 0010003

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