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United States. Air Force. Air Force, 15th

Subject Source: Local sources

Found in 5 Collections and/or Records:

Harold G. Blunk papers

 Collection — 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: Created: 1942-1962; Other: Date acquired: 12/14/2013

Elwood Harry Fredrickson papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: 07.0116
Scope and Contents

This collection pertains to First Lieutenant Elwood Harry Fredrickson who served as a bombardier in the 743rd Bomb Squadron, 455th Bomb Group. The collection contains flight records, textbooks and notes from flight school, assignments from flight school, various documents regarding Fredrickson’s postings, personnel lists, volumes one and two of the 455th Bomb Group Journal, booklets on aviation and cadet life, various receipts, certificates and photographs.

Dates: Created: 1943-1952; Other: Majority of material found in 1943-1945; Other: Date acquired: 10/16/2007

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: Created: 1943-1946; Other: Date acquired: 12/06/1999

Joe Rendelman papers

 Collection — Single Folder Collections - 2002 Box 17 (02.457-02.0486), Folder: 02.0477 - Folder 1
Identifier: 02.0477
Scope and Contents

This collection contains a copy of the oral history interview of Joe Rendelman who served with the 15th Air Force in Italy. He was shot down over Romania after twenty-five missions. He spent six months in a POW camp and was liberated by the Russians in 1944.

Dates: 1942-1945; Other: Majority of material found within 1944; Other: Date acquired: 11/19/2002; Other: Date accessioned: 2020-05-22

Sarah Smith transcript

 File — Single Folder Collections - 2003 Box 2 (03.0030-03.0050), Folder: 03.0034 - Folder 1
Identifier: 03.0034
Content Description

This oral history interview transcript relates to Sarah Smith who joined the Women's Army Corps after the bombing of Pearl Harbor and was discharged in 1945 with the rank of Tech Sergeant. She served both in North Africa and Italy. Smith details her experiences during her training in Florida as well as during her service in North Africa and Italy. Smith explains the reception to her enlistment from her family and community as well as the valuable opportunities that her service gave her in seeing more of the world.

Dates: February 10, 2003; Majority of material found within 1943-1945; Other: Date accessioned: 2003-02-25