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Rolf Slen collection

 Collection — Container: Single Folder Collections - 1999 Box 13 (99.0280-99.0299), Folder: 99.0281 - Folder 1
Identifier: 99.0281

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of an oral history and the three brief memoirs of Rolf Slen who served as a navigator with the 494th Bomb Squadron, 7th Air Force, in the Pacific Theater during World War II.


  • 1924-1999
  • Other: Date accessioned: 1999-06-11

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open to the public.

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

Rolf O. Slen was born in Madison, Minnesota on May 28, 1924. After completing one semester at St. Olaf College, he volunteered for the Army Air Force and reported to Jefferson Barracks, Missouri in 1943. Trained as a navigator, Slen joined the crew of B-24 at Davis-Monthan Field near Tuscon, Arizona. His crew consisted of Richard (Dick) Bennett, Radio Operator, Lee Colvin Flight Engineer, Alfred (Al) Emery, Nose Gunner, Gilbert (Gil) Higgenbotham, Ball Turret Gunner, Gerald (Al) Holloway, Ball Turret Gunner, Francis (Fritz) Johnson, Co-Pilot, Vito (Dave) Nacci, Bombardier, Rex Reeves, Tail Gunner, and Emil Turek, Pilot. Slen and his fellow crew members were awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for their participation on mission on July 28, 1945 that led to the sinking of the Japanese battleship emph render='italic'>Haruna


1 folders (1 folder)

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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

Gift of Rolf Slen

Rolf Slen collection
G. Kurt Piehler
October 30, 2020
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Repository Details

Part of the FSU Special Collections & Archives Repository

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