In the Spring of 1942, the United States Government let a contract to the Clarksdale School of Aviation for the establishment and operation of a primary flying school to be located approximately eight miles north of Clarksdale, Mississippi, on U.S. Highway 61. It was in the early part of July when the school received its first class, Class 43-A. Thus was born the 69th Army Air Forces Flying Training Detachment. It is here that an Aviation Cadet receives his long awaited flying training. It is here, after months of basic military training, college training, and pre-flight training, that the “Zombie” makes that never to be forgotten solo flight. In future years, as these pages are turned, it is earnestly hoped that this class book will bring back “alma mater” memories of Reveille, Mess, Ground School, Physical Training, Flying, Retreat, Barracks Life, and Open Post.