97th Bomb Group Reunion Association collection
Scope and Contents
This collection relates to the 97th Bombardment Group which was based in England, Africa and Italy during World War II and the first operational bomb group in England in 1942. The collection contains documents (mostly photocopies) on missions, statements and statistics, three diaries, and newspaper articles. Their daily operations reports, narrative reports, and casualty reports detail their accomplishments and their losses. Included are a collection of videos, audio tapes, and microfilm. Included are copies of three personal diaries by Alex Blair, Jr., LeRoy Teschendorf, and Herman F. Lykins.
Also included is an extensive photograph collection of flight crews, air fields, and encampments in North Africa and Italy; nose art, including one of the "Berlin Sleeper," which shows a B-17 with 100 bombing missions (indicated by bombs and swastikas for downed German planes); damaged planes; a ruined building in Italy; and officers eating. Also, there are some photographs from 1939 of aircraft at Langley Field, Virginia, and photographs of aircraft at MacDill and Drew Air Fields in Florida.
- Other: Date accessioned
Language of Materials
English and German
Conditions Governing Access
This collection is open to all researchers.
Conditions Governing Use
All requests for permission to quote, publish, broadcast or otherwise reproduce from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Associate Dean for Special Collections & Archives. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Florida State University Libraries as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the researcher.
The 97th Bombardment Group was the first combat group of VIII Bomber Command to arrive in the United Kingdom was the ground echelon of the 97th Bombardment Group, which arrived at RAF Polebrook on June 9 1942. Regular combat operations by the 97th Bombardment Group, VIII Bomber Command, began on August 17, 1942, when the 97th Bombardment Group flew 12 B-17Es on the first heavy bomber mission of the war from RAF Polebrook, attacking the Rouen-Sotteville marshalling yards in France. The group was assigned to the 8th, 12th, and 15th Air Forces. The 97th Bomb Group was the oldest bomb group in the European Theater (ETO) and the first group to fly three hundred missions. The last mission ended on April 26, 1945 (the 483rd mission). One of the most successful bomb groups, their diaries and journals outline both successful and failed missions alike. The 97th bombed every major synthetic oil plant and other major chemical plants, including the Ploesti oil refineries in Romania.
6 boxes (6 boxes in General Collection; 1 folder in General Collection Oversized Box 10.)
Transferred from the Institute on World War II and the Human Experience to FSU Libraries Special Collections & Archives in July 2022.
- B-17 bomber Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Bombing, Aerial--History--20th century Subject Source: Local sources
- Military operations, Aerial -- American. Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- United States. Army Air Forces. Bomb Group, 97th Subject Source: Local sources
- United States. Army Air Forces. Bomber Command, 8th Subject Source: Local sources
- World War II Remembrance Group Subject Source: Local sources
- World War, 1939-1945 Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- World War, 1939-1945--Aerial operations Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- World War, 1939-1945--Aerial operations, American--Personal narratives Subject Source: Local sources
- World War, 1939-1945--Austria Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- World War, 1939-1945--Campaigns--Europe Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- World War, 1939-1945--Campaigns--Europe--Newspapers Subject Source: Local sources
- 97th Bomb Group Reunion Association Collection
- Andrew Darlington and Grace Overholt
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description
- Script of description
- Language of description note
- English and German
- Container: 01.0601 - Box 1 (Mixed Materials)
- Container: 01.0601 - Box 2 (Mixed Materials)
- Container: 01.0601 - Box 3 (Audio)
- Container: 01.0601 - Box 4 (Graphic Materials)
- Container: 01.0601 - Box 5 (Graphic Materials)
- Container: 01.0601 - Box 6 (Graphic Materials)
- Container: WWII General Collections: Oversize Box 10 (Graphic Materials)