Townsend stands outside the barracks with three buddies, Texas

In memory of Jeff E. Townsend

Photograph. Four uniformed US servicemen stand outside barracks, including Townsend. They are standing in height order with Townsend on the right. Personal caption on photo reverse: "Friends. Left to Right: LeRoy Weyrick, Abilene. R. L. Swearingen S. Antonio. Bobby Whitten Rosenberg, Tex. I. Look how sloppy I am and how nice they look." Midland air force base, Texas. 1942

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Items from the service of Jeff E. Townsend, who was born on 10 October 1921 in Haskell, Texas. He enlisted in the Army Air Corps on 26 January 1942. He trained at airfields in Midland, Texas and Lakeland, Florida. Townsend served with a flight crew in the 37th Bombardment Squadron, 17th Bombardment Group in the European Theatre, arriving in Italy in 1943. Collection includes a uniform, insignia, 45 photographs, and documents related to Townsend's service.