460th Heavy Bombardment Group Society papers, 1943-2015
- 41 boxes
- English .
- Preferred citation:
- 460th Heavy Bombardment Group Society papers. The Institute on World War II and the Human Experience, Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida. http://purl.fcla.edu/fsu/WWII_01_0046.
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- Scope and Content:
The collection of the 460th Heavy Bombardment Group Society contains a unit history of this B-24 U.S. Army Air Corps Group, 55th Wing, 760th, 761st, 762nd, 763rd Squadrons and Group Headquarters, which served in the Italian Campaign. This collection primarily focuses on the memory of the war and those who served in the 460th. Included is a listing of the airmen who were held as prisoners of war, including their squadrons, positions on the plane (e.g. pilot, gunner), the date, mission, and what country or stalag in which they were held. Also included is a booklet, "Remembering the 460th Bomb Group (H)," which contains photographs, personnel lists, and maps, and was prepared as a gift from Duane and Betty Bohnstedt to their members. There are mission lists, target details, flight records, and crew searches. The collection includes issues of the society's veterans' association magazine, "Black Panther" from mid-1990 to their final issue, December 2005.
Additionally, there are copies of diaries, personal files, memoirs, and wartime letters assembled and sent to Bohnstedt by various crew members. An oral history of Bohnstedt is included. Correspondence is included with members that gave to his collection, as well as his accounts of personal research and travel while assembling this collection.
- Biographical / Historical:
The collection was assembled by Duane and Betty Bohnstedt, who conducted extensive research on the 460th Bombardment Group by contacting its members and traveling to original station sites. Duane ("Sparky") was part of the 460th, a B-24 group, which was part of the 55th Wing, Fifteenth Air Force, stationed in Spinazzola, Italy, from February 1943 until May 1945. Duane was 19 when he joined and served with ordnance.
Duane and Betty Bohnstedt combined their skills and experiences to thoroughly preserve the history of the 460th. Duane has a degree in Art and Betty was an experienced writer. Together they became historians and archivists of their own collection. They published a history of the 460th, along with editing and publishing a newsletter for the 460th Bomb Group Society.
Note written by Jordan Bolan
- Acquisition information:
Duane and Betty Bohnstedt
- World War, 1939-1945
World War II Remembrance Group
Prisoners of war
Ordnance, Air force
United States. Army Air Forces--Military life
World War, 1939-1945--Great Britain
World War, 1939-1945--Campaigns--Italy
World War, 1939-1945--Aerial operations, American
Stars and stripes
United States--Armed Forces--Uniforms
Stalag Luft IV
- United States. Army Air Forces. Bombardment Group (H), 460th
United States. Army Air Forces. Air Force, 15th
Great Britain. Royal Air Force.
- Spinazzola (Italy)
Blechhammer (Concentration camp)
Terre Haute (Ind.)