WWII pilot trainees at Knox, Galesburg

From: The Register Mail (Galesburg, IL)

Nearly 70 years ago in February 1943 more than 300 young men descended on Galesburg for an extensive five-month pilot training program. Knox College was one of the facilities chosen nationwide to furnish academic and military courses to thousands of men entering battle during World War II…

The main purpose of the emergency program was to prepare men for cadet flight training. During the five-month training students were to receive more than 700 hours of instruction. Included was instruction in mathematics, physics, history, geography, English and civil air regulations…

The major challenge to Knox College and the Galesburg community was to provide adequate housing at Seymour Hall on the Knox College campus and the local YMCA… In order to feed the student pilots Seymour Hall kitchen facilities at Knox were enlarged 20 feet… Read more…