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Donald and Portia Ackerman collection

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: 02.03.0177

Content Description

This collection relates to Donald and Portia Ackerman. Donald Ackerman served as a pilot on B-24 bombers with the 44th Bomb Squadron, 506th Bombardment Group, in the European Theater of Operations during World War II. He continued to serve in the U.S. Air Force for 20 years and served during the Korean War.This collection contains an oral history transcript, artifacts, audio tapes, documents, letters, maps, pamphlets, and photographs relating to Donald and Portia Ackerman.


  • 1941-1990


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Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open to all researchers.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish, exhibit, or broadcast works from the Institute on World War II and the Human Experience must be requested and granted in writing by the director of the Institute. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Institute on World War II as the owner of the physical items and the copyright holder. Possession of a copy of an item does not constitute permission to publish, exhibit, or broadcast it. The Institute on World War II and the Human Experience reserves the right to refuse permission to individuals and publishers who have not complied with its policies. Permission fees must be paid before images are provided. Please contact the director of the Institute on World War II and the Human Experience for current publication and duplication rates.

Biographical / Historical

Portia Ackerman was born in Omaha, NE on May 19, 1921. Donald Ackerman was born on August 10, 1919. Portia was salutatorian of her class at Lee High School in Jacksonville in 1939. She graduated from Florida State College for Women in 1943 and was an active member of Kappa Alpha Theta. Portia married Don Ackerman at the air force base chapel in Marianna, FL on November 6, 1943. She followed Donald while he was in training to fly B-24 bombers. After the War, the Ackermans lived in Japan and England raising their young children. Donald passed away on June 7, 1991. She was a past member of the Women of the Jacksonville Art Museum, a member of the Jacksonville Symphony, and was on the board of directors of the World War II Institute at Florida State University. Portia passed away on February 26, 2015.


1 boxes

Donald and Portia Ackerman collection 02.03.0177
Michael G. Kasper
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Repository Details

Part of the Institute on WWII and the Human Experience Repository

Tallahassee FL 32306 US