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Simeon C. Sparkman collection

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: 02-16.0030

Scope and Contents

This collection contains a compilation of personal letters and official documents, photographs, personal items, and military badges of Sgt. Simeon C. Sparkman who served with the 8th Air Force from 1943 to 1945, at Burtonwood Air Depot, Warrington, England, also known as Base Air Depot No. 1. Sparkman was specifically assigned to Hangar 5, Mary Ann Site, “B” Shift, Aero Repair Crew 6, and was the ranking NCO on Crew 6 in the grade of T/Sgt. The papers in this collection are comprised of correspondence with his wife, parents, and other family members and close friends.

Dates

  • 1940-1976
  • Other: Majority of material found within 1942-1945
  • Other: Date acquired: 10/28/2016

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

This collections is available to all researchers.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish, exhibit, or broadcast works from the Institue 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 Institue 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 or Historical Information

Simeon C. Sparkman was born on September 26, 1915, and raised in Plant City, FL. However, he lived in St. Petersburg, Florida, for most of his life. He married Ursula Wahlstrom in 1940, and together they had three children. This collection documents his time in the 8th Air Force from 1943 to 1945, at Burtonwood Base, Warrington, England, also known as Base Air Depot No. 1. Sparkman was specifically assigned to Hangar 5, Mary Ann Site, “B” Shift, Aero Repair Crew 6, and was the ranking NCO on Crew 6 in the grade of T/Sgt. Prior to his World War II service, Sparkman also served in the Florida National Guard. Sparkman entered service at Camp Blanding, FL, on June 22, 1943, Sparkman enlisted as an aircraft mechanic volunteer and spent two months in Lackland, Texas, for training before being deployed to Warrington, England. American forces stationed at Base Air Depot No. 1 were responsible for repairing damaged aircraft of the various squadrons also serving at the Air Base. Following German surrender, Sparkman's unit was deployed to the U.S. for active duty. He later became promoted to Master Sergeant before he returned back to Florida in December 1945. He passed away on February 20, 1985 in Florida.

Extent

4 boxes

Language of Materials

English

Immediate Source of Acquisition

This collection was donated by Steven L. Sparkman, son of Simeon C. Sparkman. The collection was acquired by the Institute on World War II and the Human Experience on October 28, 2016.

Title
Simeon C. Sparkman collection
Author
Christina Armes
Date
07/21/2017
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin

Repository Details

Part of the Institute on WWII and the Human Experience Repository