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George and Hazel Barbour papers

 Collection — Box: Single Folder Collections - 2001 Box, Folder: 01.0026 - Folder 1
Identifier: 02-01.0026

Scope and Contents

The collection of George and Hazel Barbour relates to George Barbour who served in the 14th Air Force "Flying Tigers" in the China-Burma-India (CBI) Theater, and his wife Hazel Barbour who remained on the home front during World War II. The collection contains an oral history transcript interview of George Barbour.  It also contains Barbour's unofficial flight journal. Also included are memoirs by his wife, Hazel Barbour, of life on the home front in South Portland, Maine. The collection also consists of brief recollections of her mother (who worked at a shipyard in South Portland, Oregon) on the life of the Pueblo Air Base.  Moreover, the collection contains log notes of George Barbour's bombing missions in China, plus a photograph he took during the war.


  • Created: 1942-2003
  • Other: Majority of material found within 1941-1946
  • Other: Date acquired: 02/04/2002


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This collection is open to all researchers.

Conditions Governing Use

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Biographical or Historical Information

George Barbour was born in Yarmouth, Maine on August 14, 1921, the son of Myron Lovell Barbour and Mary Strout Barbour. Hazel Barbour was born in Portland on August 27, 1923, the daughter of George P. Jackson and Mabel Anderson Jackson. George and Hazel were married in Portland on August 28, 1943. George graduated from North Yarmouth Academy and Hazel from Deering High School.

During the war, Hazel worked as a secretary in the South Portland Shipyard, and later at the Pueblo (CO) Air Base. George served with the "Flying Tigers" in China and was a life member of the Fourteenth Air Force Association and the China, Burma, India Veterans Association. He received two Distinguished Flying Crosses and two Air Medals for flying seventy-seven combat missions as a flight engineer and top turret gunner. During the Korean War, he served in the U. S. Air Force training flight engineers.

After the war, Hazel was a member of the Twice Fifteen Club, helped the Lions Club with their shows, and volunteered for the group that became the United Way. George was a captain in the Yarmouth Volunteer Fire Department, King Lion in the Yarmouth Lions Club, a member of Anderson-Mayberry post of the American Legion, and trustee for Riverside Cemetery. He was elected to the first Town Council Yarmouth ever had. Much of George's service to Yarmouth was combined with his employment. For 27 years he owned and operated the general store M. L. Barbour & Son, the predecessor of Goff's Hardware. He was a Cumberland County deputy sheriff for ten years, and for 50 years he worked part-time for Lindquist Funeral Home, from driving an ambulance to assisting at funerals. George was also a member of several Masonic organizations, some for 70 years. These included Casco Lodge in Yarmouth, Arundel Lodge in Kennebunkport, the Shriners of Kora Temple, and the Scottish Rite. Hazel worked as a legal secretary before the children came, and when they got older, she went back to work at Guy Gannet Publishing Co. (Portland newspapers) as a confidential secretary to the top executives. Hazel died on Dec. 4, 2016, and George on June 20, 2017.


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George and Hazel Barbour papers
Huaqing Shi
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Part of the Institute on WWII and the Human Experience Repository