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Institute on WWII and the Human Experience: 02.14.0004

Donald G. Blunk papers, 1942-1962

1 boxes
Sergeant Harold Glen 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.
Institute on WWII and the Human Experience: 02.99.0673

Francis W. Purdy manuscript, 1943-1946, bulk 1944

1.00 boxes
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.
Institute on WWII and the Human Experience: 02.01.0346

James H. Vander Laan papers, 1942-1953

1.00 boxes
This World War II collection relates to Sgt. James H. Vander Laan, who served in the United States Army Air Force and was assigned to the 511th bomber squadron in the 351st Bombardment Group. During his service, he trained as a ball-turret gunner and radio operator on a B-17 bomber. The collection consists of documents, letters, photographs, and memorabilia. The documents detail where James H. VanderLaan was stationed, inducted and discharged from service. The letters from James H. Vander Laan are addressed from Germany during his time as a Prisoner of War and are dated from November 7, 1943-November 5, 1944. The photographs are of James H. Vander Laan with his wife Marion Madeley and a photograph portrait of James H. Vander Laan. The memorabilia in the collection consist of newspaper clippings of James H. Vander Laan's capture and release and book clippings from Stalag 17B.
UWF University Archives and West Florida History Center: M1980-08

Leigh Papers, 1868-1916

120.00 items
Letters and correspondence, 1868-1916, of the Leigh family of Bagdad and Milton, Fla., consisting primarily of letters to Sue A. Leigh (later Mrs. S.A. Creary) of Bagdad from friends and relatives. Includes letters of C.H. (Hanks) Dorr describing life as a student at the University of the South, Sewanee, Tennessee, 1869-71.