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Friday, August 21, 2009

ARMY AIR CORPS ORAL HISTORIES COLLECTION

Ball State University Libraries’ Archives and Special Collections is now home to an excellent online oral history resource. In 2007, more than forty veterans were interviewed at a reunion of the 376th Heavy Bombardment Group, Inc. Veterans Association. Attached to the 15th Air Force and based in North Africa and later in southern Italy, this bomb group flew 451 missions during World War II. Among the key targets bombed by the 376th were Ploesti, Vienna, and the Brenner Pass. Pilots, co-pilots, navigators, bombardiers, flight engineers, gunners, and grounds crewmen of the 376th's four squadrons -- 312th, 313th, 314th, and 315th -- are represented in this collection. These resulting videotaped interviews are web streamed on Ball State’s Digital Media Repository at:

http://libx.bsu.edu/collection.php?CISOROOT=/376OrHis

These oral history interviews using the latest technology are excellent sources for scholarly research and student projects. Other historical materials and personal papers relating to the 376th HBG, World War II, and military history are also available at Ball State’s Archives and Special Collections at:

http://www.bsu.edu/libraries/archives/areas.html

Dr. David J. Ulbrich organized this project through Ball State University with generous financial and administrative support from the 376th HBG Veterans Association and from Ball State's History Department, Military Science Department, University Teleplex, and Archives and Special Collections.

For more information, please contact:

John Straw
Assistant Dean for Digital Initiatives and Special Collections
Ball State University Libraries
Alexander M. Bracken Library
Muncie, IN 47306
jstraw@bsu.edu

or

David J. Ulbrich, Ph.D.
ulbrichdj@aol.com

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