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Aviation Cadet Andrews (second row, third from left), November, 1941, at Primary Flying School, Carlstrom Field, Arcadia, Florida.

This picture was taken a few days before the Pearl Harbor attack on 7 December and just after Andrews had passed his final check ride that allowed him to proceed to the next level of flight training at a basic flying school.

Once America entered the war, it prepared many thousands of young men to fly military air craft.  With so many airfields and so many flights taking place day and night, there were bound to be accidents, many of them fatal.

The Army Air Forces lost 439 lives in primary flight training during World War II, 1,175 in basic training, and 1,888 in advanced training; but it successfully produced 193,440 military pilots.