Alan May papers, 1944
- 1 folders
- English .
- Preferred citation:
- May, Alan, papers. Institute on World War II and the Human Experience, Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida. http://purl.fcla.edu/fsu/WWII_01_0130.
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- Scope and Content:
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.
- Biographical / Historical:
Staff Sgt. Alan May (age 22) was an armorer gunner in the 15th Air Force Flying B-24's in the 451st Bomber Group out of Gioia Del Colle on the East coast of southern Italy. May flew bombing raids over Italy, Germany, and Austria and was shot down and captured on his 11th mission over Romania. May was discharged on September 15, 1945, at Mitchell Field in Hempstead, NY as Technical Sergeant. May's basic training preceded writing of his diary. He was inducted at Camp Dix, NJ. He received pre-flight training, flight training, and gunnery school at Maxwell Field, AL, Harlingen TX, and Fairmont, NE. May served in North Africa and Italy.
- Acquisition information:
- United States--Army Air Forces--Aerial operations
United States. Army Air Forces--Military life
United States. Army--History
World War, 1939-1945
World War, 1939-1945--Campaigns--Western Front
World War, 1939-1945--Personal narratives, American
World War, 1939-1945--United States
United States. Army Air Forces. Medals, badges, decorations, etc
World War, 1939-1945--Campaigns--Africa, North
World War, 1939-1945--Campaigns--Italy
United States. Army Air Forces. Bombardment Group (H), 451st
World War, 1939-1945--Austria
Prisoners of war
World War, 1939-1945--Prisoners and prisons
United States--Army Air Forces--Aerial operations--Personal narratives
- United States. Army Air Forces
United States. Army Air Forces. Air Force, 15th
- Ploiești (Romania)