Correspondence and papers (MC 376/692, USF 3/10)
Correspondence and papers
MC 376/692, USF 3/10
389th Bomb Group
Paul Travis Burton
Pilot's Individual flight record sheets, 1943. Personal correspondence: addressed to 'Sir' (PTB) from WKB in Boise, about PTB's career, promotion and new son, Donald Lee, mentions WKB's work as an instructor with the 52nd 'Kirkpatrick's' Squadron and meeting James Stewart. Signed 'Don', 29 March 1943; fragment of a letter from WKB, signed 'Don', about WKB going overseas, undated. Official USAAF correspondence including commendations on the performance of the 389th Bomb Group, 20 July 1943; award citation for the Air Medal, 21 October 1943 and movement orders to port of embarkation, 11 June 1943; special orders for the 389th Bomb Group, including grants of leave of absence for PTB, April and May 1943; passenger and station Headquarter's rosters for the 389th Bomb Group, 1July 1943, including PTB. Newspaper cutting 'Forts, Libs, Marauders Raid France' (unidentified publication, 5 December 1943) concerning a mission to unidentified targets in France and including a quote by PTB about heavy flak encountered on the mission. Copy of 'Daily Post' (Iceland, 9 June 1943) with headline, 'Churchill Says Time of Allied Invasion Is Drawing Near'. Photographs including first anniversary card of PTB as Commanding Officer of the 565th Squadron, December 1942-3, with photograph of PTB and signatures on reverse including Tom Rossie; Squadron Officers at his first anniversary banquet, Haymarket Hotel, Norwich, 1943; at his desk and at his desk with other officers (2 photographs undated and stamped on reverse as official photographs taken at Biggs Field); Col Jack Wood, Commanding Officer of the 389th Bomb Group (noted on reverse as later ranked Major General and on left of photograph) and an unnamed Group Engineering Officer (noted on reverse as on right of photograph and later killed in an air crash at Hethel). Photograph of 565th Sqaudron party at Fort Bliss, showing members of the Women's Auxiliary Corps serving food. Three portrait photographs of airmen, undated and unidentified and photograph of unidentified airmen around piano (possibly showing Jimmy Steward playing the piano). Circular letter from PTB as Commanding Officer of the 549th Squadron to new entrants, undated. Record of Payment for PTB at Biggs Field, Texas , January 1943. Physical record card, 1942-3, noting PTB's fitness to fly and vaccinations. Personnel list for Group no.13/Heqdquarters, 2nd Bomb Division, 21 October 1943. Printed identification drawings of a B-24 aeroplane showing it from the top, front and side.