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Francis Edwards transcript

 Collection — Container: Single Folder Collections - 2006 Box 2 (06.0075-06.0150), Folder: 06.0112 - Folder 1
Identifier: 06.0112

Content Description

This collection relates to Francis Edwards who served in the 20th U.S. Army Air Force, 58th Group, 25th Squadron in the Pacific theater. This collection contains an oral history transcript detailing his service during the war and his return to the U.S.


  • March 11, 2005
  • Event: Majority of material found within 1942-1946

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.

Biographical / Historical

Francis Edwards was born in Cuba, New York in December 31, 1921. In 1942, he was drafted and served in the U.S. Army Air Force from 1942 to 1946 in the Pacific theatre. He applied and attended training at Lowry Field in Denver, CO. He studied the Central Firing Control System, a computerized gunnery system on the B-29 in 1943. He was assigned to the 20th Air Force, 58th Group, 25th Squadron as the gun commander for a B-29 crew. He was shipped overseas to Chakulia base in India and Able One Base in China. He became a Japanese Prisoner of War at Rangoon jail and was rescued by British ground troops. He was transported to a hospital in Calcutta, India on a British hospital ship. He received various medals including the Purple Heart with a cluster, Air Medal with a cluster, prisoner of war medal, and good conduct medal. Following his service, he sold construction machinery and then worked as a purchasing agent for Motorola in Arcade for 20 years before retiring to Punta Gorda, Fla. He passed away on August 16, 2014 and is buried at Cuba Cemetery in Cuba, New York.


1 folders

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Custodial History

Transferred from the Institute on World War II and the Human Experience to FSU Libraries Special Collections & Archives in July 2022.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

This transcript was recorded through the Reichelt Oral History Program.


Francis Edwards transcript
Beatrice Dain
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Repository Details

Part of the FSU Special Collections & Archives Repository

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