U.S. Army Air Corps Training
of Palmer M. Bruland
After six weeks of basic training, Palmer Bruland tested to become a cadet in the Army Air Force. His training would have included nine weeks of pre-flight school, nine weeks of Primary, another nine weeks of Basic flight school, then nine weeks of Advanced training on dual engine planes. Finally, he would be shipped to Transition training, where he flew four-engine bombers. After that, he would meet his crew for crew training.
In primary training, cadet pilots flew fabric covered, open cockpit single engine planes. In basic flying school, they flew metal single-engine planes with closed cockpits. You can see the cadets flying in front of the instructors in the picture of four Vultee BT-13s (BT=Basic Trainer). The instructors yelled at the cadets through a tube connecting them to the cadets. Communication was one-way. There was no answering back. The cadets in the picture below are learning to fly formation, an flying strategy meant to protect them when under fire. This is actually a post card Palmer sent to Myrtle. His writing on the flip side is below.
Palmer Bruland attended Advanced flying school at Luke Field in Phoenix, Arizona and graduated from that class in January of 1944.
View the Luke Airfield Class of 44-A Yearbook
At this time, Palmer was promoted to the rank of 2nd Lieutenant.
Next would be Transition training, or four-engine school, at Biggs Field in Texas, from which he graduated in 20 May 1944.
From here, he would ship out to meet his crew for crew training.