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Guide to the Emmett Dendy World War II Air Mission Diary MSS.3922

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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

September 2012

Creation:

This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2012-10-03T09:57-0500

Language Usage:

English

Description Rules:

Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Collection Title:

Emmett Dendy World War II Air Mission Diary

Unit ID:

MSS.3922

Repository:

University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama

Quantity:

0.2 Linear feet (1 diary, 1 photograph, & misc. articles)

Dates:

Bulk, 1945

Dates:

1943-2010

General Physical Description note

good. some pages are falling out

Abstract:

World War II air mission diary used by a ball turret gunner with the Eighth Air Force's 467th Bomb Group flying B-24s, to record his 22 air missions, from 24 February to 25 April 1945. Each entry includes information about the target, bomb load, bomb run, flak, time, gas, and altitude. He also included remarks concerning each mission

creator

Dendy, Emmett

Scope and Contents note

The diary was used by Emmett Dendy, a gunner with the Eighth Air Force's 467th Bomb Group flying B-24s, to record his 22 air missions, from 24 February to 25 April 1945. Each entry includes information about the target, bomb load, bomb run, flak, time, gas, and altitude. He also included remarks concerning each mission. The diary also includes names and addresses of other soldiers, presumably other members of his crew. In May 2010, Dendy added an additional mission - an Honor Flight for WWII veterans to the new WWII Veterans Memorial in Washington, DC. There is also a photograph of a group of men in front of a building; none of the men are identified by name, only by position (gunner, nose gunner, pilot, bombadier, etc.)

Dendy was also featured in Delbert Reed's book, When Winning Was Everything; a photocopy of the chapter is included in the collection.

Biographical/Historical note

Emmett O. Dendy was born on 20 September 1925. He was the third of Bascom A. and Mae Dendy's four children. Dendy enlisted in the U.S. Air Corps on 20 March 1944 as a private. He originally wanted to be a pilot but became a ball turret gunner in the Eighth Air Force's 467th Bomb Group based in England, flying B-24s. He flew 22 missions between 24 February and 25 April 1945.

Dendy attended the University of Alabama, married Joy Pearson on 28 December 1948, and earned his degree in 1949.

Access Restrictions:

None

Usage Restrictions:

None

Preferred Citation:

Emmett Dendy World War II Air Mission Diary, W.S. Hoole Special Collections Library, University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama

Acquisition Information:

gift of Emmett O. Dendy, 2012

Processing Information:

Processed by

Martha Bace, 2012

Source(s)

War and Military (localbroad)

World War, 1939-1945 (lcsh)

Air Mission Diary Box 3922.001 Folder 1

Air Force Souvenir Handybook, 1942 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/87005

Photograph Box 3922.001 Folder 2

Portrait of some of the men from 467th Army Air Forces Bombardment Group http://purl.lib.ua.edu/87006

Miscellaneous Articles (photocopies) Box 3922.001 Folder 3