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Institute on WWII and the Human Experience: 02.01.0130

Alan May papers, 1944

1 folders
Alan May served as a gunner on a B-24 Bomber with the 451st Bomb Group during World War II in Italy and was shot down during a mission to Ploesti, Romania, and became a POW.  May was awarded the Purple Heart, Air Medals, 2 Presidential Unit Citations, and the Distinguished Flying Cross. Included in this collection is a footnoted manuscript diary of missions.
Institute on WWII and the Human Experience: 02.13.0005

Arnold L. Schuster collection, 1943-1946

1 folders
The Arnold L. Schuster collection mainly compromise official orders and documents given to 2nd Lieutenant Arnold L. Schuster during his training and into his eventual deployment overseas during 1943 to 1946. Included in the collection are personal photography as well as various orders that document his deployment overseas to the Pacific theater during World War II. Within the collection there are also certificates, lists, receipts, and other official documents that show Lieutenant Arnold L. Schuster's career in the Army Air Force.
Institute on WWII and the Human Experience: 02.06.0008

Charles Crampton papers, 1943-2006

1.00 folders
This collection consists of an oral history interview transcript of a U.S. Army Air Corps cook and baker, who served in England during World War II in the 2003rd Ordnance Unit at Melchbourne Park. This collection also contains a unit history.
Institute on WWII and the Human Experience: 02.04.0053

Charles Diedling transcript, 1942-1945, bulk 1944

1.00 folders
This collection contains an oral history transcript of Staff Sergeant Charles Diedling, a flight engineer on a B-24 with the 460th Bomb Group at Spinazola, Italy. Charles Diedling discusses his training as a flight engineer and waist gunner for the B-24 at Keesler AFB, Mississippi and Loredo AFB, Texas.  In June of 1944, he was assigned to the 460th Bomb Group of the 15th Air Force in Spinazola, Italy. Diedling was shot down over Germany becoming a prisoner of war.
Institute on WWII and the Human Experience: 02.02.0288

Charles P. Campbell papers, 1945-1997, bulk 1945

1.00 folders
Charles Campbell was bombardier on a B-17 who was shot down over Linz, Austria and captured by the Germans. While in captivity, he was sent to Mauthausen concentration camp and managed to keep a journal of his experiences there. He served with the 483rd Bombardment Group. Just prior to the war's end, Campbell was transferred to an unidentified Stalag and credits this with saving his life. The collection includes reproductions of 483rd Bomb Group artwork, a statement and picture of the Mauthausen concentration camp from after the war, a World War II memoir with pictures and documents and a copy of his obituary.
Institute on WWII and the Human Experience: 02.02.0458

Clarke M. Brandt collection, 1939-2003, bulk 1943

1.00 boxes
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.
Institute on WWII and the Human Experience: 02.98.0704

Crispen Nissen papers, 1941-1999, bulk 1943

1.00 boxes
Crispen Nissen served as a sergeant in the U.S. Army Air Corps with the 12th and 18th Weather Squadrons during World War II in the United States, England, North Africa, and Italy. This collection includes an original diary Nissen kept from 1941-1942, describing his daily thoughts, experiences, and observations about the general war effort. The collection also includes Vmail and handwritten letters, written by Nissen to his fiancee and future wife, Etrulia Ellis, as well as the letters she sent to him.
Institute on WWII and the Human Experience: 02.02.0144

Deborah Gierach papers, 1939-1942, bulk 1941

3.00 boxes
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.
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: 02.00.0207

Donald Preston Ward papers, 1943-1945

1.00 boxes
This collection contains Donald Preston Ward's letters, postcards, and miltary documents. Ward served with the 40th Heavy Bombardment Squadron, 20th Air Force during World War II.