Collection photo # 2017.48.01: Naval aviators train for an emergency water crash landing, during pre-flight school.
78 page oversized scrapbook, 6 loose photos, plus one hardcover book entitled “From My Memories.” Materials are from the donor’s grandfather, Lieutenant Commander William Neufeld. During World War II, Neufeld was instrumental in the development of the Navy’s pre-flight training schools. He had a particular emphasis on athletics in the program, and on development of relaxation techniques for naval aviators. Photography, charts, and diagrams in the scrapbook show a wide range of activities in pre-flight training, including obstacle courses, fitness tests, swimming, water landing simulator, relaxation techniques, sports, calisthenics, life raft training, survival techniques, and the survival museum that Neufeld helped design. Photos do not have captions. Neufeld’s autobiography “From My Memories” has a lengthy chapter detailing the specifics of his naval service during World War II and his role in the development of pre-flight training schools. Included with donation is a brief write-up of Neufeld’s relaxation techniques, as related by his surviving family.