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W. S. Hoole Special Collections Library Manuscript Collections

Guide to the William George Forsyth collection MSS.3697

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Publication:

University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama

Box 870266
Tuscaloosa, Alabama, 35487-0266
205.348.0500
archives@ua.edu

February 2013

Creation:

This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2013-02-14T11:57-0600

Language Usage:

English

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Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Collection Title:

William George Forsyth collection

Unit ID:

MSS.3697

Repository:

University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama

Quantity:

3.0 Linear feet (contains Forsyth's U.S. Army Air Corps dress uniform)

Dates:

circa 1941

Abstract:

Forsyth's United States Army Air Corps World War II era dress uniform and an article about his dog.

Usage Restrictions:

None

Access Restrictions:

None

Processing Information:

Processed by

Martha Bace, 2013

Biographical/Historical note

William George Forsyth, son of Arthur R. and Elizabeth Harris Forsyth, was born on 8 January 1910 in Birmingham, Alabama, the fourth of five children. He entered Virginia Military Institute in Lexington, Virginia, and later enrolled at the University of Alabama where he majored in Civil Engineering. He married Elizabeth D. and the couple had one daughter, Julia (Judy).

He joined the United States Army in September 1940, serving as a Gunnery Officer in the Army Air Corps. He was discharged on 29 June 1947, and received an Honorable Discharge from the Air Force Reserve with the rank of Major.

Forsyth died in February 1992, in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

Preferred Citation:

William George Forsyth Collection, W.S. Hoole Special Collections Library, University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama

Scope and Contents note

The collection contains the U.S. Army Air Corps dress uniform worn by William George Forsyth during World War II. This uniform was a precursor to the uniforms developed by the military when the United States Army Air Corps morphed into the United States Air Force. The uniform in this collection consists of only the tunic and pants; there are no rank or unit insignia.

The United States Army Air Corps (USAAC) was the forerunner of the United States Air Force. Renamed from the Air Service on 2 July 1926, it was part of the United States Army and the predecessor of the United States Army Air Forces (USAAF), established in 1941. Although abolished as an administrative entity in 1942, the Air Corps (AC) remained as one of the combat arms of the Army until 1947.

The collection also contains a copy of the Veterans Hospital News of 7 November 1947 from Tuscaloosa, Alabama, with a front page article about Forsyth's dog, Bease, who logged 185 hours flying with Forsyth, as well as photocopied photographs of Bease climbing into a C-47.

Acquisition Information:

gift of Judy Phipps (daughter), 2013

Source(s)

Forsyth, William George, 1910- (local)

War and Military (localbroad)

Uniform Box 3697.001

Veterans Hospital News article about "Bease" Box SC0087 Folder 3697.01