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Hilliard C. Smathers papers

Identifier: 97.0062

Scope and Contents

This collection contains six Aviator's Flight Log Books from Captain Hilliard C. Smathers' time as a pilot with the U.S. Navy, from 1930-1951. Also included is the flag that flew in Smathers' honor over the United States Capitol in Washington D.C. and two certificates confirming this occasion. The US Naval Aviator certificate contains a picture of Smathers, as well as the date on which he was officially certified as a Naval Aviator - March 21, 1942 - and three instrument rating cards.


  • Created: 1930-1986
  • Other: Majority of material found in 1930 - 1950
  • Other: Date acquired: 11/27/1997


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 or Historical Information

Hilliard C. Smathers was born in North Carolina on June 27, 1908, as listed on his Naval Aviators' certificate. Smathers served for over twenty years in the US Navy, joining twelve years before the United States entered World War II, and he remained for at least six years after. Smathers saw action as a pilot during the Battle of Midway; his plane ran out of gasoline and was forced to land, waiting three days for rescue. Hilliard Smathers lived in Marianna, Florida before enlisting. After the war, he ultimately ended up living in Washington state. He passed away in Oak Island, Washington in 1986.


1.00 boxes

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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.

Source of Acquisition

Fred Knutzen

Method of Acquisition


Hilliard C. Smathers papers
Kristina Hopf
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Repository Details

Part of the FSU Special Collections & Archives Repository

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