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Hillard E. Johnmeyer

Date of Birth
Mar 31, 1924
Dec 14, 1942
St. Louis, MO
Jun 26, 1944
Lubbock, TX
Nov 12, 1945
Roswell, NM
Oct 5, 1998

While Dad was in a coma, we got this letter from my favorite cousin ... No one has been able to say it better.

I know that words are cheap, and of little comfort at a time like this, but I just wanted to let you know how much we as a family are praying for Uncle Hillard, and how much he means to me, and my family. Whether or not Uncle Hillard makes it through this physically, his tremendous spirit will always be with us, and be a guiding light to us. He has always been recognized by all whose lives he touched as a strong & good man. He has always been one of those few who are able to live life in the fast lane, and still maintain the high road and the straight and narrow.

Dad & Glenn (1969) Your family, and all those lucky enough to be close to him, have been especially blessed. As you know, his impact on my life has been tremendous. Uncle Hillard has always been a second father to me, and much more. I have been able to make a living doing something I love to do, primarily because of him. My life and his have had many parallels. On those parallel paths Uncle Hillard has always been a guide, someone to look up to, and even emulate. I have always (and still do) looked forward to the times when our paths would cross. I can only hope that my life will have even a small fraction of the positive impact that his has had.

Although I will never be able to find the words to express how much Uncle Hillard means to me, I can tell you this; Andrea & I are both praying for him, and we know that whether we see him again in this life or not, his life has been a blessing to us all, and we look forward as always to our next meeting, where ever that may be.

With all our Love,                  
Glenn & Andrea Johnmeyer

PS Uncle Hillard. It is my fervent prayer that you get to read this yourself as you convalesce. God Bless You.

*Glenn flew fixed wing in Viet Nam, salted thunderstorms in Littlefield, Texas, flew commercial and now has a left seat ride in a 747 for UPS.

Army Service Forces
Office of the Commanding General
Letter No. 2965
SPKGY 326. 02
   Omaha, Nebraska,
22 March 1943.
Subject: Ordered to Active Duty.
To     : Recruiting and Induction Section, Hq Seventh Serv C, Omaha, Nebraska.
   1. Each of the following named Privates, Air Corps Enlisted Reservists, (Air Crew), having been found qualified for aviation cadet appointment, is ordered to active duty and WP from the address indicated after his name to Wyandotte County Court House, Kansas City, Kansa, reporting to the District Recruiting Officer not later than 1 PM, 3 April 1943, and will then proceed from Kansas City, Kansas to Army Air Force Technical Training Center, Sheppard Field, Texas, for pre-aviation cadet basic training.
    Hillard E. Johnmeyer17133779   RR #4, Fayette, Mo.

Reception centers formed to select men suitable for aviation training and initiated a placement process that encompassed strict physical requirements and medical, mental, and psychomotor tests. The "aviation cadet candidates" that passed all examinations were sent to pre-flight school to be classified and placed in a training program. For many cadets, getting through the qualification process proved the easy part.

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An Aviation Cadet in training for duty as a flying officer is required to meet special physical standards, somewhat higher than for others. His visual acuity and color perception must be perfectly normal. Hearing must be normal in each ear. A flying officer, except fighter pilot, is required to be not less than 60 nor more than 76 inches in height and to weigh not less than 105 nor more than 200 pounds. A fighter pilot must be not less than 64 nor more than 72 inches in height and must weigh not more than 180 and not less than 114 pounds. Before an Aviation Cadet is eligible to enter upon any flying training, he must pass a complete physical examination for flying duty.

The Aviation Cadet who is training to become a pilot receives thirty-six weeks' instruction. This instruction is divided into four courses, each of Nine weeks' duration. The first course is devoted to fundamentals involving general military training and preliminary ground work.

Flying training of pilots is divided into three nine-week courses: primary, basic, and advanced, with flying time of sixty to sixty-five, seventy, and eighty hours, respectively. During advanced training the pilot is assigned to bombardment flying or pursuit flying and to twin- or single-engine planes, depending upon his temperament and physique - two important factors in determining the Aviation Cadet's particular field of specialization.

Mechanical aptitude, unusually quick reflexes, perfect physical coordination, and the ability to make rapid decisions are desirable in the applicant who wishes to become a pilot. A knowledge of mathematics and some experience in the field of the applied sciences are useful. - Aviation Cadet Training for the Army Air Forces

Dad kept a couple of Penworthy Note Books with reminders, class and flight briefing notes in it. You'll find some of the notes imaged and/or referenced on different pages on the site. Just wanted to let you know where they came from.

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