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WWII. World War II

 Topic Guide
Identifier: WWII
This classification groups together collections on the topic of World War, 1939-1945.

Found in 48 Collections and/or Records:

Lieutenant General Frank Maxwell Andrews Collection (MS-440)

Identifier: MS-440
Abstract Lieutenant General Frank Maxwell Andrews played a major role in building the U.S. Army Air Corps of the 1930s into the powerful U.S. Army Air Forces of World War II. At the time of his death in May 1943, he was the commander of all U.S. forces in the European Theater of Operations. The largest portion of the Andrews Collection consists of family correspondence sent between members of the Andrews family, including letters from General Andrews, his wife, Jeannette, and his parents, siblings,...
Dates: 1874 - 2003; Majority of material found within 1931-1947

Stanley Bagnall Oral History Interview (SC-263)

Identifier: SC-263
Scope and Contents

This collection contains a DVD of an oral history interview of Stanley Bagnall concerning his experience as a pilot in the Pacific Theater of World War II. The interview was conducted by Professor Sam Wilson (of the University of Rio Grande) on November 15, 2007.

Dates: 2007

John C. Beason Papers

Identifier: MS-521

The collection consists primarily of materials pertaining to Beason’s service during World War II in the Western Pacific, including several photographs, a scrapbook of newspaper clippings, and rosters of personnel who also served in the 37th Division Artillery from the group’s reunions. Copies of sketches by Edward J. Dollriehs of the Western Pacific are also included.

Dates: 1940-2016; Majority of material found within 1940-1945

Calvin James and Selma Lee Beck Collection (SC-386)

Identifier: SC-386
Scope and Contents

All the photos of this collection were taken sometime between 1941 and 1944 at the Dayton-area Frigidaire Plant 3.

The first folder contains 35 small black and white photos documenting the day-to-day manufacturing of .50 caliber Browning machines guns within Plant 3.

The second folder contains 16 large black and white photos documenting a company event celebrating the 250,000th gun manufactured by Frigidaire. There is a picture of Selma eating cake in this folder.

Dates: Circa 1941-1944

Theodore Benzinger Papers

Identifier: FSC-16
Scope and Contents Dr. Theodore Benzinger was in charge of a research laboratory in Rechlin, Germany. His high altitude research included decompression studies and work in an altitude chamber to stratosphere equivalent altitudes. In 1947, he began working at the U.S. Navy Medical Research Institute and at the National Bureau of Standards. The collection consists of copies of research papers, letters, and depositions. The collection contains photocopies of Dr. Benzinger’s testimony in 1983 before the...
Dates: 1934-1984

Rudi Berndt Papers (MS-632)

Identifier: MS-632

Berndt was a German scientist who came to the U.S.A. as part of Operation Paperclip at the close of WWII. His collection primarily documents his work in parachute development, in both Germany and the United States, from the WWII era through the Cold War. Materials include photographs, scientific test notes, educational records, security investigation reports, German identification papers, resumes, memoir, and other documents.

Dates: 1927-2003; Majority of material found within 1937-1953

Ina Bicknell Collection

Identifier: MS-326

Photographs relating to aviation in this collection depict topics such as pilots, airplanes, naval ships, and military personnel around the time of World War II. The collection also contains aerial photographs of city landscapes and of the 1937 flood in southwest Ohio and Kentucky. The majority of the photographs in the collection are not dated and most are unidentified.

Dates: 1933-1947

Bill's World War II Aviation Scrapbook (MS-678)

Identifier: MS-678

The scrapbook contains approximately 62 original photographs depicting the Lincoln Airplane and Flying School in Lincoln, Nebraska; the Fairchild factory at Hagerstown, Maryland; as well as scenes at Niagara Falls and Dayton, Ohio. Also included are several clippings from The Philadelphia Inquirer's U.S. Warplane Series (Nos. 7-24).

Dates: 1939-1941

Charles and Grace Bost Papers

Identifier: MS-453

The Charles and Grace Bost Papers consist of World War II-era correspondence. There are 67 letters between Charles and Grace of Springfield, Ohio. Charles entered the service in July 1942 and was stationed in Tennessee while Grace remained in Springfield, Ohio.

Dates: 1935-1943; Majority of material found in 1942

Robert Countryman World War II Collection (SC-303)

Identifier: SC-303
Dates: 1977; 1991; 1997