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Rolf Slen collection

 Collection — Box: Single Folder Collections - 1999 Box, Folder: 99.0281 - Folder 1
Identifier: 02-99.0281

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

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open to the public.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish, exhibit, or broadcast works from the Institute on World War II and the Human Experience must be requested and granted in writing by the director of the Institute. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Institute on World War II as the owner of the physical items and the copyright holder. Possession of a copy of an item does not constitute permission to publish, exhibit, or broadcast it. The Institute on World War II and the Human Experience reserves the right to refuse permission to individuals and publishers who have not complied with its policies. Permission fees must be paid before images are provided. Please contact the director of the Institute on World War II and the Human Experience for current publication and duplication rates.

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

Part of the Institute on WWII and the Human Experience Repository