I have a World War Two air navigation map from the United States Army Air Forces in my map collection to share with you today. It came from the estate of an Army veteran, so it’s something appropriate to ponder on Veterans Day. The Army Air Forces was the aerial service of the US Army during the second World War that descended from the old Army Air Corps. The USAAF became the present US Air Force following the war.
The upper right corner of the map shows a small portion of the USSR, a section of Sweden, part of Northern Germany, plus Latvia and Lithuania.
For this photo, the front of the map is shown laid out on the living room floor. My size 11.5 sneaker provides a visual size reference for you. I’m still undecided whether or not to hang this on a wall in the den. If it goes onto a wall, I need to figure out how to safely do so in order to maintain its archival condition, yet enjoy studying it at leisure.
A complicating factor is that the back side of the map consists of strategically important metropolitan areas that are equally fascinating to see. So, however I frame the map, it will need to be viewable from either side.
I feel fortunate to have this artifact from our war on fascism. This piece of history is an important reminder to contemplate.