M00-10 - JOHN P. CHOPELAS / WORLD WAR II COLLECTION

John Chopelas was born on October 10, 1923 in Dallas, Texas to Pete and Olga (Vastures) Chopelas.  Both of his parents were Greek immigrants with his father coming from Megalopolis, Greece and his mother from Yeraki, Greece.  John was one of six children, and he lost a nineteen-year-old brother who was killed in World War II in Bougainville while serving with the 182nd Infantry of the American Division.

He was educated in Dallas and Lubbock, Texas before moving to Waco, Texas where he graduated from high school in 1941.  He was living in Levelland, Texas with his mother when Pearl Harbor was attacked by Japan.

John enlisted in the Army Air Force at age 18 on January 1, 1942.  He took basic training at Sheppard Field, Wichita Falls, TX.  He attended six months of radio-operator school at Scott Field, Illinois.  His Preflight Pilot Cadet training was at Maxwell Field, Alabama, and Primary Flight training at Union City, Tennessee.  He soloed in a PT-17 Stearman "Kaydet" before "washing out."  He was then assigned to gunnery school in Las Vegas, Nevada, and to a crew at Salt Lake City, Utah. He received combat phase training at Rattlesnake Field, Pyote, Texas.

John and his fellow crew members flew the northern route to England via Kearney, Nebraska; Grenier field, Manchester, New Hampshire; Presque Isle, Maine; Goose Bay, Labrador; Keflavik, Iceland; and Prestwick, Scotland.  Their plane became lost over northern Scotland during stormy weather and they were rescued by a Spitfire piloted by a Polish refugee who guided their B-17 to a Royal Air Force Base at Peterhead.  John's duty station was the 452nd Bomb Group (H), 728th Squadron at Deopham Green near Norwich, Norfolk, England.

Five of the ten-member crew of John's B-17 completed their missions over enemy occupied Europe with John flying 33.  Two of John's crew were killed in action, one became a prisoner-of-war when shot down flying with another crew (Easter Sunday, 1944).  One was grounded due to flak wounds and one because of an emotional breakdown after a crash-landing.

John returned to the United States in September, 1944, aboard the Queen Mary.  The VIP passenger on the Queen Mary during this voyage was Winston Churchill.  Prime Minister Churchill was on his way to meet with President Roosevelt.  John disembarked the Queen Mary in New Jersey and served at several bases including Scott Field; Langley Field, Virginia; Sioux Falls, South Dakota and back to Scott Field before going to Boca Raton, Florida, his final assignment.  He was discharged from the Army Air Force on September 30, 1945 at Fort Sam Houston, Texas.

While in the service of his country John was awarded the Air Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters, the Purple Heart, the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Campaign Medal with three Bronze Stars, and the Russian Medal for participating in one of the shuttle missions to that country and a certificate of “thanks” from France for contributing to the liberation of that country.

In the spring of 1946 John shipped out to Greece as an “animal tender” on the Park Victory, with a load of Mexican Mules to replace the depleted livestock of that country.  He entered Baylor University in the fall of 1946 and later worked briefly in Sequoia National Park in 1949.  John graduated from Baylor in 1950, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism.

After working for five Texas newspapers, he grew tired of the night hours and wanted to spend some time traveling by bus and train in Central America.

After he returned from his travels, he worked a year in a law office and obtained a job with the Texas Employment Commission as an unemployment insurance claims examiner.  John retired in 1982 and survived a bout with prostate cancer in 1990.  His wife of 37 years passed away in 1999.  John keeps busy by collecting World War II Army Air Forces history and baking Greek pastries.

The John Chopelas Collection is arguably one of the best collections of World War II Army Air Forces History in existence.  His collection contains primary records of hundreds of Army Air Forces personnel complete with diaries and photographs.

 

Series I

Box 1

File 1 – John Chopelas – Radio Operator

File 2 – John Chopelas, Radio Operator WWII – Personal File

File 3 – Letters to his Sister, Mary, 1942-1943

File 4 – Letters to his Sister, Mary by John Chopelas, 1944-1945

File 5 – Returned Letters to my Brother

File 6 – Letters from an English WAC

File 7 – War Ration Book

File 8 – Basic Flying School

File 9 – Famous Flying Jackets

File 10- Map and History of the 452nd Bombarment Group Based at Deopham, England

File 11- Flak Report and Battle Casualty Report

File 12- Unit Codes

File 13- Leaflets dropped by American Planes over Germany during WWII; Orders Specific Missions

File 14- Officers and Cadets of the 67th AAFFTD Leaflets dropped by Americans

File 15- Information on Bomb Runs

File 16- Miscellaneous Items

File 17- War Cartoons

File 18- The American Battle Monuments Commission – Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial and Cambridge American Cemetery

End of Box 1

 

Series I

Box 2

File 1 – Frederick S. Barkalow, Master Sergeant – Twenty Seventh Troop Carrier Sqdn.

File 2 – Nicholas J. Bouras – Bombardier Navigator

File 3 – David Brown (Grandfather, Bombardier)

File 4 – Quentin Brown – Bombardier

File 5 – William George Elden – Bombardier

File 6 – Richard Gossard – Bombardier, B-24 Crew

File 7 – Robert Graves – Bombardier

File 8 – Charles H. Keutman, Bombardier 460th Bomb Group and POW – Wartime Biography

File 9 – Bud Lembke – Bombardier

File 10- Correspondence concerning Hebert Martin – Bombardier

File 11- Correspondence concerning August L. Weiss – Bombardier

File 12- James Zographos – Bombardier

File 13- Correspondence from Bombardiers – 1986-2002

File 14- Robert “Bob” Admire, Crew Chief, C-47 Serial # 43-38792 – k-k-k-katy WWII

File 15- Geroge Glawe – Flight Engineer

File 16- Ray T. Matheny  - Flight Engineer

File 17- Clyde Mueller – Flight Engineer/Top Turret Gunner

File 18- Kirby H. Woehst  - Flight Engineer – 1943

File 19- Top Turret/Flight Engineers Correspondence

File 20- Lawrence (Larry) O. Briggs – 452nd Bomber Group

File 21- Ground Crew – Correspondence

File 22- Ball Turret – Correspondence

File 23- Nelson Liddle – Ball Turret

File 24- Articles concerning Top Turret Gunner/Flight Engineer

File 25- Nose Turret – Correspondence

File 26- Jim Burleson - B17 Gunner and Staff Sergeant

File 27- Michael Arooth – Tail Gunner

File 28- Chris Brassfield – Tail Gunner

File 29- David Dagles – Tailgunner WWII

File 30- Charles Hickman – Tail Gunner

File 31- William C. Kosel, Tail Gunner – 728 Squad

File 32- Coots Matthews - Tail Gunner

File 33- Tail Gunners – Correspondence

File 34- Waist Gunners – Correspondence and Media Attention

File 35- Donald C. Barcliff  - Waist Gunner – B-17 WW II Story by his Wife

File 36- Carl Camp - Engineer Waist Gunner on a B-24

File 37- S. J. Maloukis Jr. – Waist Gunner WWII

File 38- Paschal H. Powell – Armor Waist Gunner (1 of 2 Survivors on “Inside Curve, B-17F 452nd Group WWII – Oct. 12 1944

File 39- Bob St. John – Waist Gunner

File 40- Willard L. Ward - Waist Gunner Wins three Awards during Single Missions to Nantes

File 41- WWII Photo – Copied Photos of Link Trainer and Operator Instructor – 1942

File 42- Seagoing Shops  Keep the B-29’s Pounding by T/Sgt. Amos Landman, 1945

File 43A- Henry Bloch (Block) – Navigator (co- founder of H & R Block)

File 43B- Bruce Clago, 2nd Lieutenant Navigator/Bombardier and POW

File 44- Warren Franklin – Navigator

File 45- JamesW. Hill – Navigator

File 46- Robert Graves – Navigator

File 47- Harry G. Ladanye – Navigator

File 48- Alfred Lea – Navigator

File 49- Arthur Leedy – Navigator

File 50- “A golden monument to bravery”  by Mary Grauer Holz, Navigator, 1996 (Lucky Lady–B17) Story of my Father Larry Grauer Holz, Navigator WWII

File 51- Father Benedict Sellers - Navigator

File 52- Squadron Navigator’s Correspondence

End of Box 2

 

Series I

Box 3

File 1 – Pilot’s Flight and Handbook

File 2 – The White Bean Express by Leland B. Apperson Jr. (Pilot) WWII Memoirs

1942-1946 United States Army Airforce – 1999

File 3 – Robert T. Blake – 461th Bomb Group – Pilot WWII - (6) 8” x 11” Photos

File 4 – Harry Bremner - Pilot

File 5 – Pappy Boyington’s Black Sheep - Marine Fighting Squadron 214

File 6 – Manuel Cervantes – Pilot

File 7 – Nicolas Chacos – Pilot

File 8 – 1st Lt. James Costley, Pilot 7th Fighter Squadron P-38 Pilot WWII

File 9 – Col. William Cox, Pilot Biography

File 10- Captain Jennings Dawson, Pilot WWII and Korean War

File 11- Diary of Joseph A. DeRidder – Pilot

File 12- Robert Dilworth - Pilot WWII

File 13- William T. Emmet – Pilot

File 14- Wayne Eveland – Pilot

File 15- Santiago Flores – from Mexico

File 16- List of Hispanic American Names of Bomb Groups

File 17- Don Franklin – Pilot

File 18- George Grau – Pilot

File 19- Robert Gray was one of General Doolittle’s Pilot on the Historic Tokyo Raid

File 20- Roy Lee Grover - Pilot

File 21- Ralph J. Hallenbeck – Pilot

File 22- Frank Hanzalik – Pilot

File 23A- Fred Hargesheimer - WWII P-38 Pilot

File 23B- Robert Harrington – “Trouble Maker” Pilot passes away - Oct. 9, 2009 – See Series III, Box 1, File 10 for Video

File 24- Col. William H. Hendricks – Co-Pilot

File 25- Robert F. Kerr – Pilot

File 26- E. Robert Kelly – Pilot WWII

File 27- Courage is the Honor - Capt. Harl Pease Story by John H. Mitchell

File 28- Eddie Rickenbacker, Pilot – WWI and II Flying Ace

File 29- Clark Rollin – Pilot

File 30- Charles R. Rountree – Pilot

File 31- R. M. Rowe – Pilot

File 32- Reggie Thayer – Pilot

File 33- Col. Paul W. Tibbets – Pilot “Enola Gay” WWII

File 34- 2nd Lt. Vahl Vladyka – WW II Bomber Pilot

File 35- Robert Wilcox – Pilot

File 36- Billy Wisner – Pilot WWII  – Funeral, 11/21/01

File 37- Kirby H. Woehst – Flight Engineer

End of Box 3

 

Series I

Box 4

File 1 – Correspondence from Pilots, 1994-1999

File 2A- Correspondence from Pilots, 2000-2005

File 2B- Correspondence form Pilots, 2007-later

File 3 – Undated Correspondence Letters from Pilots

File 4 – The Toughest Flying in the World unarmed cargo planes over the Hump – the High and treacherous Himalayas by Richard Rhodes

File 5 – “The Saga of the Rankless Wreck” by J. Ivan Potts, Jr. – 2nd Lt. Army Air Corps B-29 Pilot (8 “Hump” trips)

File 6 – “The Hump (the high and treacherous Himalaya Mountains) by Arthur W. Sutton, Jr., Pilot

File 7 – Pilots from The All-Black 332nd Fighter Group

File 8 – Correspondence from Pilots from 1985-1993

File 9 – Newspaper Articles concerning Pilots

File 10- P.O.W.

File 11- P.O.W. Story Stalag Luft IV by Merle Warner

File 12- John H, Anderson – Radio Operator - “Mission #177, Berlin,  Aug. 6, 1944

File 13- M. L. Ferguson – Radio Operator

File 14- Robert Mazzacane - Radio Operator

File 15- Al Winant – Radio Operator – WWII

File 16- Correspondence from Radio Operators, 1989-2003 and undated

End of Box 4

 

Series I

Box 5

File 1 – Correspondence to John Chopelas, 1986-1989

File 2 – Correspondence to John Chopelas, 1990’s

File 3 – Correspondence to John Chopelas, 2003-2004

File 4 – Correspondence to John Chopelas, 2005-2006

File 5 – Correspondence to John Chopelas, 2007-2008

File 6 – “Back In The Wild Blue Yonder” by Don Bedwell (B-17’s Restored) copied from Americana, Feb. 1992

File 7 – “Bushy Park, England” Article by Ewing F. Brown, June 5, 1944

File 8 – “Broken Wings: The Swiss Internees of World War II” by Hunter W. Davis, April 22, 2002

File 9 – Ernest M. Demarry (Johanna M. Krueger)

File 10- “Pyote Perspectives” by Bob Doherty – Pyote, Texas Airbase

File 11- Articles by Jim French “Queen of the Skies” and the General – Do You RememberWWII

File 12- Correspondence by Ralph Kaplan

File 13- “The Legend of Lady Moe” (Mascot of 96th BG) by Valda Kester

File 14- American Airmen in Buchenwald narrated by Frank Lewis –P-47 Pilot 9th Air Force 406th Fighter Group 514th  Fighter Squadron

File 15- Letter – “An Account of things that happened in my Wartime days in combat in Europe and Korea” by Frank Lewis, Lt. Col. USAF (Ret.) Jan. 4, 2005

File 16- Frank Lewis, 406th Fighter Bomber Group – Occupation Duty in Germany, 1945

File 17- Women Military Pilots of WWII by Frank Lewis

File 18- Wilbur W. (Bill) Mayhew – 2 Articles

File 19- From the Diary of 1st Lt. F. Bradley Peyton III

File 20- Article – “It Was The Heavies” by Ernie Pyle – Pulitzer Prize Journalist of WWII – Normandy, June 1944

File 21- Items donated by Warren Reynolds

File 22- William A. Robertson – A Story of my Experiences in World War II

File 23- This from Col. D. G. Swinford, USMC, Ret. And History buff.  You would really have  to dig to get this kind  of ring side seat to history

File 24A- Article – Paris to the border… The devious French Underground 2nd Lt. Bertram R.Theiss, 92nd BG Bombardier

File 24B- Bertram R. Theiss, Bombardier, U.S. Army Air Force, Eighth Air Force, 92nd Bomb group, 407th Squadron (My Story)

File 25- Brig. General James Vande Hey – Air Force WWII

File 26- Diary of Bill Weaver’s P-47 Mission

File 27- Tribute To The 8th Air Force 50th Anniversary by Eric Hawkinson

File 28- U.S. 8th Air Force Articles

File 29- 9th  Air Force Article

File 30- Brief History of 316th Troop Carrier Group

File 31- Information on 338th Bomb Group and Aircraft “Girl of My Dreams” 44-6123 June – Aug 16, 1944

File 32- Pictoral History of 452nd Bombardment Group

File 33- 12 O’ Clock High, Comic Book No. 1 – B-17 The Flying Fortres

File 34- Information Photos of the Flying Fortress B-17

File 35- “Lil Jo’ Toddy” B24 Bomber by Lt. John M. Wylder

File 36- B-25 Crash on Sharp Top Mountain – 5 Airmen killed – Feb. 2, 1943

File 37- Maxwell Field, Alabama, Headquarters S.E.A.A.F Training Center

File 38- “MEMPHIS BELL” Historic American WWII Aircraft Boeing B-17F - 124485

File 39- Shoo Shoo Baby – WELCOME HOME – USAF Museum Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio – 15 October 1988

File 40- Herbert Rollwage  - Oberleutnant/Germany

File 41- Japanese Diary belonged to Tarea Kawauchi

End of Box 5

 

Series I

Box 6

File 1 – Pearl Harbor “Remembered,” Dec. 7, 1941

File 2 – Lieut. Gen. Ira C. Eaker – 97th Bombardment Group, 400 Missions

File 3 – Article, “Retracing Their Path” over Pyrenees Mtns. – from Retired Officer Magazine, June 2001

File 4 – Glenn Miller – Army Air Force Band, 1943-1944

File 5 – Clips of “Nose Art” their Designers and Crew

File 6 – Book – Liberator Lore – Air Museum Journal – Vol. 2 Nose Art

File 7 – Information on Plane Names

File 8 – Photos of Bombardment Planes w/Nose Art – Jack Botts

File 9 – Reprint of “The Philadelphia Inquirer” President Truman Announces Japanese Surrender, Aug. 15, 1945

File 10- Newspaper Articles

File 11- Night Fighter News Letter

File 12- Miscellaneous Unrelated Items

End of Box 6

 

Series I

Box 7

File 1 – Photos

File 2 – Photos

Item 1 – Scrapbook

Item 2 – Scrapbook

Item 3 – Scrapbook

Item 4 – 13” x 19” Airforce Cartoons by Nancy (5)

End of Box 7

 

Series I

Box 8

Item 1 – Scrapbook

Item 2 – Scrapbook

Item 3 – Scrapbook

End of Box 8

 

Series I

Box 9

Item 1 – Scrapbook

Item 2 – Scrapbook

Item 3 – Scrapbook

End of Box 9

 

Series I

Box 10

File 1 – National WASP WWII Museum

File 2 – (Copy) Lite - Magazine Article – “Girls Pilots” - Pages 73-81, July 19, 1943

File 3 – Copy) The Retired Office Magazine - (Wings of Excellence (Women Military Aviators), Aug. 1995

File 4 – (copy) – Newsletter – Flight I – Vol. VII, No. 3 - Womens Airforce Service Pilots WWII – Reunion, Sept. 29- Oct. 3, 2004 – July 2004

File 5 – (copy) Friends – Journal - Vol. 28, No. 1 - Flight Commemorates 38 Women Pilots who were killed in training on Active Duty, 2005

File 6 – Article – Pioneering WWII (Womens) Pilots by Iuliana Petre Homefront Magazine, 2009

File 7 – Congressional Gold Medal Ceremony to the Air Force Service Pilots (WASP) Senate Bill 614 signed by President Obama, 7/1/2009

File 8 – Paper – “Women Military Pilot of WWII by Frank Lewis

File 9 – “Star-Spangled Girls” (Stories of Women who Served in WWII)

File 10- Women’s Air Force Service Pilots of WWII

File 11- Women Air Force Service Pilots of WWII – Susie Bain

File 12- Women Air Force Service Pilots of WWII – Deanie Bishop (Parrish)

File 13- Magazine Article - “Up Up and Away” by Shelby Jersig (Stepdaughter) of Bobbye Grain – WWII Aviator

File 14- Women Air Force Service Pilots of WWII – Jane Doyle

File 15- Women Air Force Pilots of WWII – Millie Davidson Dalrymle

File 16- Women Air Force Service Pilots of WWII – Mary Helen Fostor

File 17- Women Air Force Service Pilots of WWII - Catherine “Kay” McBride D’Rezzo

File 18- Copy – “The Wasp of World II – by Doris Brinker Tanner

File 19- DVD – “Fly Girls” The Women’s Air Force Pilots

File 20- Women Air Force Pilots of WWII – Betty Turner

File 21- Women Air Force Service  Pilots WWII – Susie Marie Winston

End of Box 10

End of Series I

 

Series II

Box 1

File 1 – Book - Air Combat with the Mighty 8th  by William L. Cramer, Jr., 1993

File 2 – Book - Aircraft History Roll Call of Chanute Air Force Base Illinois 1917-1990 by Donald O. Weckhorst, Chief Historian

File 3 – Book - Air Force Colors  Vol. I, 1926-1942 by Dana Bell,1979

File 4 – Book - An Airman's Odyssey by C. Alan Foreman, 2005

File 5 – Book - 50th Anniversary Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress 1935-1985 by Peter M. Bowers, 1985

File 6A- Book – Around the World with LBJ – by Brigadier James U. Cross, 2008

File 6B- Book - The Aviation Art of  Keith Ferris by Ian Ballantine, 1978

File 7 – Book - Backwards into Battle by Andy Doty – Tail Gunner, 1995

File 8 – Book - Barbed Wire Interlude by Robert W. Ludden, 1945

File 9 – Book - B-17 Flying Fortress by Jeffery Ethell, 1986

File 10- Book - B-17 Flying Fortress by William N. Hess, 1994

File 11- Book - B-17 Flying Fortress – by H. P. Willmott, 1983

File 12- Book - B-17 Flying Fortress in Color by Steve Birdsall, 1986

File 13- Book - B-17 Flying Fortress Unites of Eighth Air Force (part 1) by Martin Bowman, 2000

File 14- Book - B-17 in Blue:  The Flying Fortress in U. S. Navy and U. S. Coast Guard Service

File 15- Book - The Berlin Candy Bomber by Gail S. Halvorsen, 1997

File 16- Book - Big Friend, Little Friend, Memoirs of a WWII Fighter Pilot by Richard E.Turner,  Lt. Col. USAF, Ret., 1969

File 17- Book - The Bluenosed Bastards of Bodney by Robert H. Powell and Thomas Ivie 2000

End of Box 1

 

Series II

Box 2

File 1 – Book - Boeing an Aircraft Album No. 4 by Kenneth Munson & Gordon Swanborough, 1971

File 2 – Book - Boeing BP17 – 50TH Anniversary Flying Fortress 1935-1985 by Peter M. Bowers, 1985

File 3 – Book - Bombers of WWII by Jeffery L. Ethell, 1994

File 4 – Book - Bombers:  the Aircrew Experience by Philip Kaplan, 2000

File 5 – Book - Booster McKeester and Other Expendables by Willie Chapman, Pilot 415th Sq., 1994

File 6 – Book - Boy at War Men at Peace – Former Enemy Air Combatants Meet to Remember and Reconcile by E. D.  McKenzie, 1998

File 7 – Book - Brother Bob's War by Ralph W. Ekwall, 2006

File 8 – Book - Burning Hitler's Black Gold by Frank Way and Major Robert W. Sternfels, 2002

File 9 – Book - Cadences: The Jody Call Book, No. 1- Edited by Sandee Shaffer Johnson, 1983, 1986

File 10- Book - Carl Clark and The Unforgettable Takeoff  by Navigator John W. Howland and Carl Clark, 1995

File 11- Book - Classy Chassy – Sleepy-Time Gal by Ian Logan and Henry Nield, 1977

File 12- Book - Combat Profile: B-17G Flying Fortress in World War 2 by Roger A. Freeman, 1990

File 13- Book – The Combat Tour by Preston P. Clark, 1991

End of Box 2

 

Series II

Box 3

File 1 – Book - Dear Mother and Daddy: World War II Letters from a WASP – An Autobiography by Marie Mountain Clark, 2005

File 2 – Book - Death of a B-17 by Jackson S. Wallace, 1995

File 3 – Book - Die Deutsche Luftwaffe – 1939-1945 by A. Galland , K.Ries & R. Ahnert

File 4 – Book - Donald’s Story by Sandra D. Merrill, 1996

File 5 – Book - Flying Fortress, 1985

File 6 – Book - Flying Fortress:  The Boeing B-17 by Ernest R. McDowell , 1987

File 7 – Book - Flying Low by Former Lieutenant Joseph Furbee Gordon, 2001

File 8 – Book - Fubar-Soldier Slang of World War II by Gordon L. Rottman, 2007

File 9 – Book - Hell's Angels by Steve Birdsall, 1969

File 10- Book - A History of The 452nd Bombardment Group (H) 728th, 729th , 730th and  731st, Bombardment Squadrons, Third Edition by Marvin E. Barnes

File 11- Book - I’m Off To War, Mother, But I’ll Be Back by Wayne B. Whiting and Jerry Whiting, 2001

File 12- Book - In My Book You’re All Heroes by Robert E. O’Hearn, 1984

File 13- Book - Instructions for American Servicemen in Britain, 1942

File 14- Book – Instructions for British in France, 1944

File 15- Book – Kamikaze by Yasuo Kuwahara & Gordon T, Allres - 2007

End of Box 3

 

Series II

Box 4

File 1 – Book - The Last of the Combat B-17 Drivers by Col. Harold D. Weekley, USAF (Ret.) and James B. Zazas, 2007

File 2 – Book - Laughter and Tears by Captain George Rarey – Pilot of WWII 379th Fighter Squadron 362nd Fighter Group (Cartoon of WWII), 1996

File 3 – Book - The Life and Times af a WWII Pilot by Maj. Claud C. Haisley, 2000

File 4 – Book - My Lucky Dice by Paul Lincoln Nichols – 1995

File 5 – Book - Luftwaffe Gunnery Techniques – Valkyrie Publications – 1979

File 6 – Book - Memoirs of a Combat Airman by Ernie Neal

File 7 – Book - Missing in Action by Nick Moramarco - 1998

File 8 – Book – A Military Adventure by W. Hanes Lancaster, Jr. 1943, 1944, 1945

File 9 – Booklet - “Mission To Brux”  - by Martin A. Smith, Tail Gunner - May 12, 1944

File 10- Book - More There I Was… by Bob Stevens – 1974

File 11- Book - My Thirty Missions Over Europe: The 1944 Diary of a World War II Pilot by 1st Lt. Philip S. Jackson

File 12- Book - My Three Years by Edward Patterson – 1999

File 13- Book – On Wings We Conquer by John H. Mitchell – 1990

End of Box 4

 

Series II

Box 5

File 1 – Book - One Day at a Time by Joe G. Gunn, 1996

File 2 – Book - Patriots Will by Jack C. Hubbard, Major, USAF (RET)

File 3 – Book - Pedigree of Champions – Boeing Since 1916, Second Edition 1963

File 4 – Book - Letter and Book – Pilot from the Prairie by Edgar J. Allen, 2002

File 5 – Book – Pilot – Migrant Worker To Jet Pilot by Lt. Col. Henry Cervantes USAF, Ret., 2002

File 6 – (2) Book – The Planes Of The 449th Bomb Group In  World War II, 2001

File 7 – Book  - Postcards from World War II: Sights & Sentiments from the Second World War by Robynn Clairday and Matt Clair, 2002

File 8 – Book - P. O. W. The Story of an American Prisoner of War During World War II by  Edward A. Dobran, 1953

File 9 – Book - Pride of Seattle – The Story of the First 300 B-17F by Steve Birdsall, 1998

File 10- Book - Rattle Snake Bomber Base by Thomas E. Alexander, 2005

File 11- Book – RED TAIL Rising Above Adversity to Fly Again

File 12- Book - Rememberance of War by J. Ivan Potts, Jr., 1995

File 13- Book – Remembring the Last Ninety Years by John Wallace Etherede Sr., 2000

File 14- Book – The ROUTE as BRIEFED by John S. Sloan

File 15- Book - Scheherazade My Prince – Life and Death by Edward Patterson, 2004

File 16- Book - The School that Fell from the Sky (2) by Fred Hargesheimer, 2005

File 17- Book - Scott Field:  Army Air Forces Technical Training Command

File 18- Book -The Second World War Airplane Coloring Book – Illustrated by Richard King, 1996

File 19- Book - The Secret of ANZIO BAY – A True story of  an American Fighter Pilot in World War II Italy – by Lt. Michael Mauritz, 2002

File 20- Book – Secret Weapons of World War II by William B. Breuer

File 21- Book - Serenade to the Big Bird by Bert Stiles, 1947

File 22- Book – STORIES of the 452nd BOMB GROUP by the men who lived them Complied by Edward Hinrichs

File 23- Book - Strangers in a Strange Land by Hans-Heiri Stapfer, 1988

File 24- Book - Strangers in a Strange Land: Vol. II Escape to Neutrality by Hans-Heiri Stapfer/Gino Kunzle, 1992

End of Box 5

 

Series II

Box 6

File 1 – Book - Straight And Level:  Growing Up in the 40’s by Jack Bott, 1996

File 2 – Book - Survival – by Alexander Gorashko, 1988

File 3 – Book - Target For Tonite by Wayne McFadden – Dec. 1990

File 4 – Book - A Texan in the C. B. I. (China-Burma-India Theater of War by 1st Lt. Monroe S. Withers – Pilot

File 5 – Book - That’s The Way It Was – 94th Bomb Group by Harry E. Slater, 8th Air Force

File 6 – Book - Through These Eyes – A World II Eighth Air Force Combat Diary by James Lee Hutchinson, Ed – 2005

File 7 – Book - Time Over Target – The Story of the 9th Bombard Division

File 8 – Book - Top Stick by Harold Jacobs, 2002

File 9 – Book - Treetop Airmen – by George C. Shelton, 2001

File 10- Book - The Troop Carries D-Day Flights by Lew Johnston, a Troop Carrier Pilot, 2002

File 11- Book - United State Air Force History by Mary Ann Cresswell and Carl Berger, 1971

File 12- Book - Ups and Down in a Flying Fortress – Were those trips necessary? by Bud Lembke, 1998

File 13- Book- Warbird Tech Series Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress Vol. 7, 1997

File 14- Book- War Memories Are Forever by Millie Jean Coppedge - 2003

File 15- Book- We’re Poor Little Lambs (The Last Mission of Crew 22 and “Piccadilly Lilly”100th Bombardment Group Oct. 8, 1943 –by Paul M. Andrews, 1995

File 16- Book- The Wild Blue Yonder: Songs of the Air Force by C. W. “Bill” Getz, 1981

File 17- Book- World War II B-24 “Snoopers” by Stephen M. Perrone – 2001

File 18- Booklet- World War II B-24 “Snoopers” by Stephen M. Perrone, Bombardier, 2001

File 19- Book- World War II Nose Art (in color) by Jeffery L. Ethell – 1993

File 20- Book- Yesterday’s Dragons – The B-17 Flying Fortress over Europe during WWII by Abel L. Dolin - Pilot, 2001

File 21- Books – (8) Various Magazines on Planes

File 22 – 3 “The Armed Forces Song Folio – Music Book” – Volume XXV – Numbers 1, 2, and 9.

File 23 – Sheet music – “Goodbye Broadway, Hello France” – words by C. Francis Reisner & Benny Davis, music by Billy Baskette

End of Box 6

End of Series II

 

Series III

Box 1

File 1 – Video - “Behind The Wire” - Allied Airmen in German Captivity in the Second World War

File 2 – Video - B17 Story Beyond The Line of Duty – The Memphis Bell

File 3 – VHS - “Deopham Green: The Green: The Saga of The 452nd Bomb Group, (WWII)” – copyright 2004

File 4 – DVD - “EVADE!” Evasion Experiences  of American Aircrews in WWII

File 5 – Video - “Flying The Bombers” - B17

File 6 – VHS - Interview Bill Huddleston

File 7 – VHS - “The Ninth Air Force in Color WWII by Victory Films

File 8 – VHS – “Poltava – Operation Frantic” A Report to The 388th Bomb Group Dayton, Ohio, Sept. 9-11, 2004

File 9 – 2 CD’s  on “452nd Bomb Group WWII Loading Crew List for Missions Flown “(1-250)” and “452nd Bomb Group Associations”

File 10- CD – “Trouble maker” Pilot passes Away - A Pilots’s Story of  WWII, Oct. 9 - 2009

End of Box 1

 

Series III

Box 2

File 1 – 452 Bomb Group Reunion  - Video Cassette, 2001

File 2 – The National D - Day Memorial - Bedford, Virginia USA and Video of Memorial Day, 2001 Lynchburg, Va.

File 3 – Video - War: The Inside Story Warbirds

File 4 – 2 VHS tapes, WWII by Mirwood Starkey (32 min), 452nd B.G. 1997 Reunion (24 min), & B-17 at Lancaster, Ohio (3 min.) and “WWII B-24’s in Italy” by Capt. Henry “Hank” Dahlberg

File 5 – Video - World War II – Europe

File 6 – Video - World War II – Pacific

File 7 – Video - WWII B-24’s in Italy

End of Box 2

End of Series III

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