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Peg & Oliver Theophilus World War II
Cleveland, OH, Denver, CO, Santa Anna, CA, Marfa, Texas

 

"Bud" Theophilus with his Grandmother Mary Martin in 1942 and Ollie & Bud

 

Oliver and Peg (Martin's Mom & Dad at Camp Perry, OH in 1942

Martin's Dad, Denver 1942

Ollie Theophilus, Denver 1942

On December 23, 1942 Ollie received a base pass at the Santa Anna Army Air Base while attending training • more about SAAAB

   

Link Trainer Facility at Santa Anna Army Air Base

Bob Hope performing at SAAAB

Santa Anna Army Air Base, California

Ollie provided Link (blind flying or instrument flying at the Marfa Army Air Base during WW II.

Marfa Army Air Field Base Exchange building

 

Martin's Dad, Denver 1942     

 

 picture from Marfa Army Air Field  1944 

 Marfa Army Air Field

 

 

WWII Marfa, Texas

   
      
   
    
 
  

 

Original gate in the snow

The former entrance gate to Marfa AAF, photographed in 2003 by Scott Murdock.

(courtesy of Ms. C. Thompson of the Marfa Historical Society, via David Brooks)

(courtesy of Ms. C. Thompson of the Marfa Historical Society, via David Brooks)

Theophilus family's World War II ration books  Theophilus family's World War II ration books 

Theophilus family's World War II ration books   

Theophilus family's World War II ration books

Theophilus family's World War II ration stamps

Marfa Army Air Base Headquarters

WWII Compensation Notice

     
 

Marfa Army Air Field Class Books

 

 

          

 

Click on photo of class book to view pdf of the entire publication

           

 

Photos from by Mike Voisin's Class books of the Marfa Army Air Field, Marfa, Texas where Martin's Dad was a Link Trainer Instructor  Photos from by Mike Voisin's Class books of the Marfa Army Air Field, Marfa, Texas where Martin's Dad was a Link Trainer Instructor
Photos from by Mike Voisin's Class books of the Marfa Army Air Field, Marfa, Texas where Martin's Dad was a Link Trainer Instructor
Photos from by Mike Voisin's Class books of the Marfa Army Air Field, Marfa, Texas where Martin's Dad was a Link Trainer Instructor
Photos from by Mike Voisin's Class books of the Marfa Army Air Field, Marfa, Texas where Martin's Dad was a Link Trainer Instructor  Photos from by Mike Voisin's Class books of the Marfa Army Air Field, Marfa, Texas where Martin's Dad was a Link Trainer Instructor
Photos from by Mike Voisin's Class books of the Marfa Army Air Field, Marfa, Texas where Martin's Dad was a Link Trainer Instructor  Photos from by Mike Voisin's Class books of the Marfa Army Air Field, Marfa, Texas where Martin's Dad was a Link Trainer Instructor
Photos from by Mike Voisin's Class books of the Marfa Army Air Field, Marfa, Texas where Martin's Dad was a Link Trainer Instructor
Photos from by Mike Voisin's Class books of the Marfa Army Air Field, Marfa, Texas where Martin's Dad was a Link Trainer Instructor
Photos from by Mike Voisin's Class books of the Marfa Army Air Field, Marfa, Texas where Martin's Dad was a Link Trainer Instructor
Photos from by Mike Voisin's Class books of the Marfa Army Air Field, Marfa, Texas where Martin's Dad was a Link Trainer Instructor
Photos from by Mike Voisin's Class books of the Marfa Army Air Field, Marfa, Texas where Martin's Dad was a Link Trainer Instructor
Photos from by Mike Voisin's Class books of the Marfa Army Air Field, Marfa, Texas where Martin's Dad was a Link Trainer Instructor
Photos from by Mike Voisin's Class books of the Marfa Army Air Field, Marfa, Texas where Martin's Dad was a Link Trainer Instructor
Photos from by Mike Voisin's Class books of the Marfa Army Air Field, Marfa, Texas where Martin's Dad was a Link Trainer Instructor 
Photos from by Mike Voisin's Class books of the Marfa Army Air Field, Marfa, Texas where Martin's Dad was a Link Trainer Instructor
Photos from by Mike Voisin's Class books of the Marfa Army Air Field, Marfa, Texas where Martin's Dad was a Link Trainer Instructor
Photos from by Mike Voisin's Class books of the Marfa Army Air Field, Marfa, Texas where Martin's Dad was a Link Trainer Instructor
Photos from by Mike Voisin's Class books of the Marfa Army Air Field, Marfa, Texas where Martin's Dad was a Link Trainer Instructor
Photos from by Mike Voisin's Class books of the Marfa Army Air Field, Marfa, Texas where Martin's Dad was a Link Trainer Instructor
Photos from by Mike Voisin's Class books of the Marfa Army Air Field, Marfa, Texas where Martin's Dad was a Link Trainer Instructor
Photos from by Mike Voisin's Class books of the Marfa Army Air Field, Marfa, Texas where Martin's Dad was a Link Trainer Instructor
Photos from by Mike Voisin's Class books of the Marfa Army Air Field, Marfa, Texas where Martin's Dad was a Link Trainer Instructor
 

All items in the Army Air Forces Collection are licensed by Mike Voisin under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.

 
     

 

 

Cathedral Mountain was used as a reference point for the WW II pilots stationed at the Marfa Army Air Base.  This is a photo taken of the mountain from Fort DA Russell.

Alfred Arnold Cocozza better known as Mario Lanza was stationed at the Marfa Army Air Base during WW II.

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1980 Marfa Army Air Corps LinkLetter

1980 Marfa Army Air Corps Link Letter


Martin's Dad started the "Link Letter" to help keep folks who served at the Marfa Army Air Field in communication with each other.  I am listing some of the names I found, hoping that may help others still connect.

Peg & Oliver Theophilus, Doug McCulley, Walter T. Wilson, Al Raines, Jim Vizzini, Ed Stolzenburg, Ray Taylor, John Hofbauer, Bob Sterling, Bud Powers, Fritz Kahl, Joe Gugino, Gayhart Leland, Jesse newman, Bernal Slight, Valle Johnson, Al Renshaw, John D. Morgan, John G. Rueter, Ben Arndt, John Allen, Frank C. Bourne, Richard M. Knight, Al McGray, Wes Jungmeyer,  Ollin Crichton, Max Hohlbaugh, George Larsen, Frank Reay, Pascoe Grant, Ray Taylor, Sam Kassel, Bob Joslin, Chester "Chet Bell", Francis Angelo, Ernie Dunaway, Lloyd Dias, Ben Freshman, Phil Schoppe and Stanley Linsted .

Here is Oliver Theophilus 19880 MAAF Link Letter (click to enlarge)

1980 Marfa Army Air Base Link Letter produced by Oliver Theophilus

1980 Marfa Army Air Base Link Letter produced by Oliver Theophilus

1980 Marfa Army Air Base Link Letter produced by Oliver Theophilus

 

 

1967 Lady Bird Johnson visit to the Big Bend, flying into the old Marfa Army Air Base

For a short period, TransTexas Airline flew into the Marfa Army Airbase

1952 TransTexas Airline map showing Marfa Army Airfield

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