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SPAAF


I have researched and performed several interviews of persons stationed at South Plains Army Air Field (SPAAF).





Maxine Redman Cook at her home in Levelland.  Photo taken during my first interview of Maxine Saturday, September 1, 2012, Labor Day weekend.  Bill Tynan of Texas Tech's Southwest Collections / Special Collections Library notified me about a woman stationed at SPAAF who worked on airplanes.  I was not able to meet and interview her right away but was directed to her friend, Maxine Redman Cook.  I called Maxine and she agreed to an interview.  After the interview, I emailed Ray Westbrook at the Lubbock AJ and he called her for an interview.  He then wrote a great article about her for the AJ which was published on Monday, September 10.

At her uncle's advice, Maxine took riveting classes at a business located in a brick building around 13th Street and Ave J.  I searched for the building but it apparently is no longer standing.  There is a parking lot in that area now.  Eventually, Maxine went to work at SPAAF riveting C-47 tow planes.  The C-47 was one of several planes used to tow WACO CG-4A gliders.  SPAAF was the largest advanced glider field in World War II and was located at the Lubbock Municipal Airport.




Maxine left SPAAF in early 1945 for Clovis, New Mexico to work at Clovis Army Air Field.  Maxine left for Clovis with two of her good friends who were also female workers at SPAAF.  In this photograph, Maxine draws a map of Clovis AAF showing the approximate location of the building in which she worked and her barracks.  She had a private room in the barracks at Clovis AAF.  When she quit work in September, 1945 to return home to Lubbock to marry a suiter, the staff in her area gave her a going-away card which she still has today.  When she arrived home, she changed her mind about marrying her suiter and called him in Clovis to cancel the engagement.

I interviewed Maxine a second time on Saturday, September 13.  After the interview, Maxine fed me a delicious lunch which consisted of:  tuna salad with extra mayo on toasted wheat bread, sliced red tomatoes, green stalk onions, golden yellow Lays potato chips, iced tea, and yellow lemon pie for desert.  It was wonderful.  I had three sandwiches -- yum!  Maxine then showed me some family photo albums.  Many of the pictures were of her 50th wedding anniversary.  She married Hubert Cook a couple of years after the war.  Hubert was from her hometown southeast of Lubbock.  Hubert was a WWII veteran who landed on the beaches of Normandy for D-Day.

(Note the Radio Shack Realistic brand twin cassette dual microphone tape recorder on the right.  I purchased it for $200 from Radio Shack in 1990 and it still works great.  I wish I had purchased three of them.  Radio Shack no longer makes them.  The recording quality is superb.)

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