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James E. Flynn collection

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: 07.0041

Scope and Contents

This collection relates to Master Sergeant James E. Flynn who served as a technician gunner with the 12th Bombardment Group (Medium),  83rd Bombardment Squadron, in North Africa, Italy, and Burma, as well as a photo gunner with the 3rd Photo Reconnaissance Squadron on Guam during World War II. The collection consists of paper memorabilia and material objects from his service from 1942-1945. The medals included a Purple Heart and Air Medal. Flynn served as a member of the prewar U.S. Army and went on to serve in the Korean conflict. His collection consists of documents from his military service, newspaper articles, photographs, silk and cloth maps, medals, and patches.  Images of the North African Campaign include German Afrika Korps and allied equipment, as well as desert scenes.


  • Created: 1941-1957
  • Other: Majority of material found in 1941-1945
  • Other: Date acquired: 04/20/2007


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

James E. Flynn was born in Butte, Montana on April 22, 1911, and returned there after thirty years of service in the U.S. Air Force, retiring with the rank of Master Sergeant. He passed away on March 18, 1996 and is buried in Mountain View Cemetery, Butte, Montana. Flynn enlisted in the United States Army Air Corp in 1934 as a ground crewman. During World War II, he served with the 12th Bombardment Group,  83rd Bombardment Squadron,  in North African, Italy, and Burma as a flight engineer on B-25 Mitchell. Flynn was wounded during a bombing mission on July 9, 1944 and received a Purple Heart medal. In April 1945, Flynn was assigned to the 3rd Photo Reconnaissance Squadron based on the island of Guam as a photo gunner on B-29 Superfortresses . After World War II, Flynn  went on to serve in the Korean conflict.


1.5 Linear Feet (1 OS box, 19"x15")

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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

David Carr (Nephew of James E. Flynn)

Method of Acquisition


James E. Flynn collection
Huaqing Shi and Michael G. Kasper
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Repository Details

Part of the FSU Special Collections & Archives Repository

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