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97th Bomb Group Reunion Association collection

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: 01.0601
Scope and Contents This collection relates to the 97th Bombardment Group which was based in England, Africa and Italy during World War II and the first operational bomb group in England in 1942. The collection contains documents (mostly photocopies) on missions, statements and statistics, three diaries, and newspaper articles. Their daily operations reports, narrative reports, and casualty reports detail their accomplishments and their losses. Included are a collection of videos, audio tapes, and microfilm. Included are copies of three personal diaries by Alex Blair, Jr., LeRoy Teschendorf, and Herman F. Lykins. Also included is an extensive photograph collection of flight crews, air fields, and...
Dates: 1942-2000; Other: Date accessioned

385th Bomb Group Association collection

 Collection — Object: 18.0012 - Publication
Identifier: 18.0012
Scope and Contents

This collection relates to the 385th Bombardment Group, Heavy, that was stationed at Station 155, Great Ashfield, Suffolk, England during World War II.  The collection includes a publication which documents the group's history during the war.

Dates: translation missing: en.enumerations.date_label.created: 1942-2015; Other: Majority of material found within 1943-1945; Other: Date acquired: 04/23/2018

David E. Bail Jr. papers

 Collection — Container: 12.0025-Box 1
Identifier: 12.0025
Content Description This collection relates to Lieutenant David E. Bail Jr. who serves as a bombardier with the 335th Bomb Squadron, 95th Bomb Group in England during World War II. He attended University of Florida and enlisted in Spring of 1942. He flew two missions over France before he was shot down over Hanover, Germany on July 26, 1943 and killed in action. This collection contains seven folders includes Bail’s personal letters to his family from December, 1941 up to his death, letters from the War Department to Bail’s family first declaring him MIA, then later confirming him KIA, two photographs of Bail and his crew, and a letter from his sister to Bail’s parents recounting her interview with Bail’s...
Dates: 1938-1949; Other: Date accessioned: 2012-06-14

Catherine Black transcript

 Collection — Container: Single Folder Collections - 2011 Box 1 (11.0001-11.0095), Folder: 11.0007-Folder 1
Identifier: 11.0007
Scope and Contents

This oral history interview transcript relates to the life experiences of Catherine Black, an American woman who grew up in the Great Depression and came of age during World War II. Black recounts growing up during the Great Depression, graduating college, her life on the home front, and her life after the war. She discusses raising a child when her husband was at war, living in Arkansas near a Japanese internment camp, becoming a early widow after the war, her remarrige, and her second husband's experiences as a B17 Bomber Pilot during the War.

Dates: Date of interview: November 30, 2010; Event: 1922-2010; Other: Date accessioned: 2020-05-15

Harold G. Blunk papers

 Collection — Container: 14.0004 - Box 1
Identifier: 14.0004
Scope and Contents

This collection relates to Harold G. Blunk served as Sergeant Major for the 5th Air Depot Group, 39th Station Composite Squadron, Administrative Division, 35th Depot Repair, in the 8th Air Force Command Station in England from 1943-1945. This collection contains photographs, a newspaper clipping, and documents relating to his personal life and military career.

Dates: translation missing: en.enumerations.date_label.created: 1942-1962; Other: Date acquired: 12/14/2013

Carl Fessel collection

 Collection — Container: Single Folder Collections - 2000 Box 20 (00.0573-00.0591), Folder: 00.0589-Folder 1
Identifier: 00.0589
Scope and Contents

This collection consists of photographs, personal papers and personal memorabilia belonging to Carl Fessel, a member of the United States Army Air Force who served in the 570th Squadron of the 390th Bomb Group of the 8th Air Force in Europe from February of 1944 to April of 1945. Papers include a certificate of honorable discharge issued by the U.S. Army, while photographs include a picture of Fessel in uniform for a bombing mission and a contemporary map of Europe highlighting the prison camp at which Fessel was held as a prisoner of war. Personal memorabilia include membership cards titled "Life Membership: American Ex-Prisoners of War."

Dates: translation missing: en.enumerations.date_label.created: 1944-2002; Other: Majority of material found in 1944-1945; Other: Date acquired: 06/15/2000

Clarke M. Brandt collection

 Collection — Container: 02.0458 - Box 1
Identifier: 02.0458
Scope and Contents

The collection of Clarke M. Brandt contains an oral history transcript and various publications about army life during World War II. In it are examples such as George (Bob) Caron who was a tail gunner on the "Enola Gay" B-29 Bomber. The oral history includes Caron's eyewitness account of the bomb being dropped on Hiroshima. Also included are pamphlets and newsletters including "War Buddies," which covers the relationship between a soldier and his canine companion through his years as a member of the US Marine Corps. "War Buddies" is written by Earle Welch and Dick Roberts.

Dates: translation missing: en.enumerations.date_label.created: 1939-2003; Other: Majority of material found in 1943; Other: Date acquired: 10/29/2002

James Crooke papers

 Collection — Container: Single Folder Collections - 2005 Box 6 (05.0149-05.0178), Folder: 05.0172 - Folder 1
Identifier: 05.0172
Scope and Contents

This collection consists of an oral history transcript of an interview with 2nd Lt. James J. Crooke, who served in World War II. Crooke served in the Army Air Corps with the 303rd Bomb Group in the European Theater (ETO).

Dates: 1921-1945; Other: Majority of material found within 1943; Other: Date acquired: 12/15/2005; Other: Date accessioned: 2020-05-22

Deborah Gierach papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: 02.0144
Scope and Contents Deborah Gierach's collection of photographs were taken by her late father-in-law (no name given), a B-17 pilot in Europe during the Second World War. The collection consists of scanning from three photograph albums (in German) compiled and produced for the Nazi government as a means to show what the Third Reich was doing during the war. Subjects include Nazi rallies, Adolf Hitler, Heinrich Himmler, Hermann Goering, soldiers, military vehicles, as well as Hitler playing with children and socializing with others. Captions are in German. Organized month to month for separate calendar years of 1939, 1940, 1942. Note: the majority of the photographs do not contain the...
Dates: translation missing: en.enumerations.date_label.created: 1939-1942; Other: Majority of material found in 1941; Other: Date acquired: 04/05/2002

Charles Emil Gutmann collection

 Collection — Container: 19.0015 - Box 1
Identifier: 19.0015
Scope and Contents

This collection relates to Second Lieutenant Charles Emil Gutmann who served with the 333rd Bomb Group, 468th Bomber Squadron, during World War II. He was one of seven airmen killed during training when B-17F Flying Fortress #42-5981 crashed, six miles northwest of the Dalhart Army Airfield, Texas. The collection includes military personnel documents, Western Union Telegram notifying of death, and photographs.

Dates: 1942-1943; Other: Date accessioned: 2019-08-12

Stan Hall collection

 Collection — Container: Single Folder Collections - 2006 Box 2 (06.0075-06.0150), Folder: 06.0088 - Folder 1
Identifier: 06.0088
Content Description

This collection relates to Stan Hall who served as a captain in the U.S. Air Force at the beginning of the Office of Strategic Services project where he completed tours in the European Theater (ETO). This collection contains various photographs and descriptions of Hall's service in World War II.

Dates: Event: Majority of material found within 1942-1943; Other: Date accessioned: 2020-08-31

George Harris papers

 Collection — Container: Single Folder Collections - 2000 Box 23 (00.0657-00.0699), Folder: 00.0694
Identifier: 00.0694
Scope and Contents

George D. Harris (Army Air Corps, 1942-1945) trained as a radioman and gunner on a B-17 and was assigned to the 91st Bomb Group in England in 1943. His collection contains a photocopy of three articles from the American Ex-Prisoners of War Bulletin from January 1996 and a copy of his oral history interview conducted on February 26, 2003.

Dates: translation missing: en.enumerations.date_label.created: 1942-1945; Other: Date acquired: 08/07/2000

Herman J. Simler papers

 Collection — Container: Single Folder Collections - 1998 Box 5 (98.0084-98.0115)
Identifier: 98.0104
Scope and Contents

This collection includes photographs and documents pertaining to aerial operations over Europe during World War II. Lt. Herman Simler flew over 30 bombing missions over Europe during his service. The squadrons specified in this collection are the 8th Army Air Force, the 15th Army Air Force, and the 716th-719th bomber squadrons.

Dates: translation missing: en.enumerations.date_label.created: 1944-1999; Other: Date acquired: 01/23/1998

Bill Huston collection

 Collection — Container: Single Folder Collections - 2006 Box 2 (06.0075-06.0150), Folder: 06.0077 - Folder 1
Identifier: 06.0077
Scope and Contents This collection relates to Sergeant William "Bill" W. Huston who served in the 448th Bomber Group, 713th Bomb Squadron US Army Air Force in the European Theater of Operation. This collection also relates to John Robert Huston who served in the U.S. Army in field artillery and gun battery regiments. In addition to the letters, the collection contains a description of Bill Huston, escape from Switzerland, his Air medal citation, a history of the 8th Air Force titled "Target Germany," and a 1942 picture book of Scott Air Field in Illinois, the Huston mother's ration booklet, several photographs of Bill Huston at Scott Field, and a safe-conduct pass issued to Bill Huston by the French...
Dates: Event: Majority of material found within 1943-1945; Other: Date accessioned: 2006-05-04

Jack H. Heinzel transcript

 Collection — Container: Single Folder Collections - 2000 Box 1 (00.0001-00.0024), Folder: 00.0009-Folder 1
Identifier: 00.0009
Scope and Contents

Oral history of U.S. Army Air Corps B-17 Co-Pilot Colonel Jack H. Heinzel, an American prisoner of war who survived the Bataan death march and subsequent "Hell Ships" starting in April of 1942. The collection contains one folder with fifteen pages detailing this airman's experience of these atrocities.

Dates: translation missing: en.enumerations.date_label.created: 1941-2000; Other: Majority of material found in 1941-1945; Other: Date acquired: 03/27/2000

James Feerick papers

 Collection — Container: Single Folder Collections - 2001 Box 17 (01.0421-01.0444), Folder: 01.0444 - Folder 1
Identifier: 01.0444
Scope and Contents

The collection of First Lieutenant James Feerick contains an oral history transcript of an interview provided by the Reichelt Program for Oral History. Feerick served in the U.S. Army Air Corps as part of the 8th Bomber Command, 1st Bombardment Wing, 91st Bombardment Group in the European theater. He was based in London at Bassingbourne.

The collection also includes a copy of a magazine article from 2000 about a U.S. government agency that smuggled out contraband (radio parts, etc.), into German POW camps and letters along with other information. The agency also helped Allied POWs escape.

Dates: translation missing: en.enumerations.date_label.created: 1918-1945; Other: Majority of material found in 1944; Other: Date acquired: 09/25/2001

Richard Lewis transcript

 Collection — Container: Single Folder Collections - 2006 Box 2 (06.0075-06.0150), Folder: 06.0119 - Folder 1
Identifier: 06.0119
Content Description

This collection relates to Richard Lewis who served in the U.S. Army Air Corps from 1942 to 1945 in the European Theatre. This collection contains an oral history transcript where Lewis details his missions on a B-24 Bomber and B-17 Bomber during World War II and briefly describes his service in the Korean War.

Dates: Event: 1942-1945; Other: Date accessioned: 2005-01-18

Loren E. Jackson manuscript

 Collection — Container: Single Folder Collections - 2000 Box 15 (00.0433-00.0462), Folder: 00.0449-Folder
Identifier: 00.0449
Scope and Contents

The Loren E. Jackson manuscript "Epilogue to a War Story" documents Lieutenant Colonel Loren E. Jackson's experience as a prisoner of war when he was shot down during D-Day from his B-17 that he piloted with the 385th Bomb Group during World War II. His manuscript details his encounter with the German Gerhard Graf von Schwerin who he met in the 1960s after not seeing him since he was interrogated by him. Jackson recounts the conversation he had with General and touches on multiple subjects, such as German memory of war, behaviors of the Germans, morale, and the surrendering of Germany.

Dates: translation missing: en.enumerations.date_label.created: 1944-1967; Other: Majority of material found in 1944-1945; Other: Date acquired: 05/31/2000

Wyman Daniel Martin collection

 File — Container: 10.0007 - Box 1
Identifier: 10.0007
Scope and Contents

The Wyman Daniel Martin collection contains personal artifacts and ephemera from Martin's time as a middle school student before the outbreak of war and as a dorsal gunner on a B-17 bomber before being killed in action above Holland. These objects include photographs of Martin and the crew of his bomber the "Sky Queen", his various medals which include an engraved Purple Heart, a narrative written by a surviving crewman regarding his final mission, and official documents regarding his internment in Arlington National Cemetary.

Dates: translation missing: en.enumerations.date_label.created: 1936-1946; Other: Date acquired: 01/12/2010

John F. Peacock collection

 File — Container: Single Folder Collections - 2000 Box 2 (00.0025 - 00.0054), Folder: 00.0034
Identifier: 00.0034
Content Description

This collection relates to John Peacock who served with the the 8th Air Force, 45th Combat Wing, 388th Bomb Group, 560th Squadron also known as “The Peacock Crew” who served in England and Ireland during World War II. This collection contains a brief manuscript written by John F. Peacock entitled, “The Peacock Crew” that details information regarding their service and includes short biographies for the individuals. The collection also contains an addendum to the manuscript, including a list of crew members in chronological order by date of death. There is a digitally reproduced 8 by 11 photograph of the “Peacock Crew” at Avon Park, Florida, in 1944.

Dates: Event: 1943-1945; November 1999; Other: Date accessioned: 2000-03-18

Francis W. Purdy manuscript

 Collection — Box: 99.0673 - Box 1
Identifier: 99.0673
Scope and Contents

This collection relates to Francis W. Purdy who served as a Navigator on B-17 bombers with the 347th Bomb Squadron, 99th Bombardment Group (Heavy), during World War II.  He was stationed in Italy and flew during missions over both Italy and Austria. This collection contains a manuscript memoir written by Purdy which includes pages from training manuals and photographs from Purdy's life.

Dates: translation missing: en.enumerations.date_label.created: 1943-1946; Other: Date acquired: 12/06/1999

Rawls Family papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: 18.0005
Scope and Contents The bulk of this collection consists of letters written by John Rawls during his time in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II in Brazil. He achieved the rank of Major. These letters, primarily to his mother, give details on his time in training and daily life while stationed in Brazil. He tells stories of friends, the tedium of his work, and mentions the various girls he sees throughout the war. Also included is a photograph album consisting of photographs taken by Rawls while in the service. John Rawls' brother David Rawls also served with the U.S. Army Air Corps as a B-17 pilot, stationed in the Pacific Theater. David Rawls was present during the attack on Pearl...
Dates: translation missing: en.enumerations.date_label.created: 1937-1946; Other: Majority of material found in 1942-1945; Other: Date acquired: 2018-03-15

Roland Cadoret papers

 Collection — Container: Single Folder Collections - 2008 Box 2 (08.0075-08.0199), Folder: 08.0183 - Folder 1
Identifier: 08.0183
Scope and Contents Roland Cadoret served as a B-17 pilot in the 351st Bomb Group, 8th Air Force, in the European Theater.  His collection contains a manuscript, "The Battle of Grounded Eagles," in which he details his entire POW experience from mission briefing to liberation, an excerpt from his diary, and his photocopied version of General Dwight D. Eisenhower's letter to Invasion Forces. The Polebrook Post 351st Bomb Group Association 8th Airforce Vol. XXVII-No. 2, and the English version of the Moorsburger Beitung, a newspaper, which had special stories all about the POWs which were kept at...
Dates: translation missing: en.enumerations.date_label.created: 1943-1995; Other: Majority of material found in 1944; Other: Date acquired: 12/05/2008

Julian Davis Sewell papers

 Collection — Container: Single Folder Collections - 2017 Box 2 (17.0028-17.0036), Folder: 17.0028 - Folder 1
Identifier: 17.0028
Scope and Contents

This collection relates to First Lieutenant Julian Davis Sewell who served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II as a Navigator.  The collection includes an address book containing the names of men who served with Sewell, a basic U.S. Army Air Corps aeronautics class notebook, Civil Aeronautics Bulletin, and 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment Ceremony program and roster.

Dates: translation missing: en.enumerations.date_label.created: 1944-1945; Other: Date acquired: 11/03/2017

William G. Walker Jr. collection

 File — Container: Single Folder Collections - 2003 Box 2 (03.0030-03.0050), Folder: 03.0044 - Folder 1
Identifier: 03.0044
Content Description

This collection relates to Colonel William G. Walker Jr., and his service in the Army and Army Air Force during World War II in the European/Pacific Theater of Operation. The collection consists of a manuscript he wrote for his grandchildren describes his experiences in the during the war years and includes some photos of himself and aircrafts. He shares a timeline of his time in World War II, starting with his enlistment and training as a pilot shortly after the attack on Pearl Harbor. He also includes certain anecdotes of missions he carried out in Newfoundland and the Owi islands, including naming the specific aircrafts he used.

Dates: Event: Majority of material found within 1941-1944; Other: Date accessioned: 2003-03-07

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