ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS and PROFILES
ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
Sources
 

STATEMENT OF PURPOSE

 

PROFILES
Dr Gilbert S Guinn
F Norman Bate MBE
 



Stearman Trainer drawn by F Norman Bate MBE


ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

We would like to thank the entrants to the Arnold Pilot Training Scheme and/or their families for the information they have provided and for their kind permission to reproduce photographs and anecdotes on this web site.

We would particularly like to mention Arthur Asbury, Arthur Culff, and Edgar Spridgeon, whose dedicated assistance in researching the archives made an invaluable contribution to the compilation of class rolls; Dr Gilbert Guinn for sharing his knowledge and becoming a valued friend; Air Vice Marshall Harry Hogan former : and Lt Colonel Gordon Wheeler U.S.A.F. (Ret'd) for ......

 

Sources

1 Dr Gilbert S Guinn

2 F Norman Bate MBE

 

STATEMENT OF PURPOSE

The Arnold Scheme (1941-43) Register™ was conceived by Norman Bate to record all who entered, or were related to, the Arnold Pilot Training Scheme, and to collect, catalogue and preserve for future generations donated material of official, personal and historical importance.

To this end, all information held by the "Arnold Scheme (1941-43) Register"™ is in process of being documented and compiled into appropriate records, and will, in due course, be lodged with appropriate Service Archives including:

  • The RAF Museum Hendon
  • The USAF Museum

and the "Darr Aerotech" Museum at the Municipal Airport: Albany, Georgia USA.

Appropriate extracts of the available information will also be published on this web site.

PROFILES

Dr Gilbert S Guinn

Dr Gilbert Guinn earned his Ph.D. in history at the University of South Carolina in Columbus, and  is a retired professor emeritus in history at Lander University, Greenwood, S.C. Between 1981 and 1982 he was a Fulbright lecturer at Derby, England, and during this time made contact with a number of RAF veterans who had trained in the United States during WWII to gain research material for a book on British Aircrew Training in the USA 1941-1945. The fruits of his labour have appeared in numerous articles he has written and in several authoritative books which are in process of being published.

 

F Norman Bate MBE (1921-2003) Class 42F

Responding to an advert seen in the national press Norman Bate contacted Gilbert Guinn during 1986 and was inspired to discover what had happened to his wartime class mates and to attempt to re-establish contact with the survivors. The exercise snowballed and he became the founder and registrar of the "Arnold Scheme (1941-43) Register"™. To many of the veterans and their families he was the "Arnold Register", which became something of a full-time hobby during his retirement years. Awarded the MBE in 1993 for his services to the veterans and in promoting grass roots Anglo-American relations, Norman continued his 'labour of love', supported by his family, until his death in 2003.  The mantle has now been taken up by his daughter, who is determined to see her father's work completed.

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