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CRA274 -- Gene Girman Papers
  
Calumet Regional Archives

Inventory

0.50 Linear Feet
June 1988
Revised December 2001
Revised July 2002


Box File Description
1 1-6 Correspondence, Gene Girman to Frances Girman, 1943-1945
7 Correspondence, Frances Girman to Gene Girman, 1944-1945
8 Correspondence, War Department to Frances Girman, 1943-1944
9 Correspondence, "Thunderbird" Crew Relatives to Frances Girman, September 1944-May 1945
10 Correspondence, "Thunderbird" Crew Relatives to Gene Girman, June-September, 1945
11 Correspondence, Friends of Gene Girman to Frances Girman, 1944
12 Crew List, "Thunderbird", 1944
13 Various, ca. 1944
14 Newsarticle, "World War II POW Recounts Air Battles, Days in German Prison Camp," 1981
15 Newsarticles, Return of the "Thunderbird", 1987
16 Newsarticles, "Thunderbird" Mural, 1977
17 Pamphlet, Cowboys and Indians (story of the "Thunderbird" Mural), 1977

July 2002 Addition
Box File Description
1 19 Article, "The Last One Home," Warbirds, November/December 1988
20 Article, "Fortress Over the Atlantic," Airpower, March 1988
21 Article, "Thunder Bird Comes Home," 1988
22 Newsarticle, "Last Blast for B17," London Evening Standard, July 10, 1987
23 Description, Thunder Bird and Gene Girman, Lone Star Flight Museum, 1988
24 Article, "Going Back," Hell’s Angels Newsletter (303rd Bomb Group), May 1998
25 Newsarticle, "Artist Brings Plane to Life for Flier He Believed Dead," Indianapolis Star, July 25, 1992
26 Newsarticle, "Mural Recalls a Tragic Story," Washington Star, n.d.
27 Article, "Jeff Ethell Accident Report," Warbirds Journal, October 1998
28 Newsarticle, "Command Performance," Houston Chronicle, July 2000
29 Letter, Albert Postma to Colonel Frances M. Early, June 14, 1998
Book, Might in Flight: Daily Diary of the Eighth Air Force’s Hell’s Angels, 303rd Bombardment Group (H), by Harry D. Gobrecht, 1993

Oversize
Description
"Thunderbird" Mural. n.d.

Videotape
Description
Videotape, (1), Return of the "Thunderbird", 1987

Appendix - Girman's Service Record

  • January 20, 1943
    • Entered Service - Ft. Ben Harrison, Indiana
    • Basic Training - Miami
  • Spring 1943
    • Radio School - Chicago
    • Later, Scott Field - Belleville, IL
  • October 1943
    • Gunnery School - Las Vegas
  • December 1943
    • Avon Park, FL
  • May 1944
    • (Crew Training)
  • May-June 1944
    • Hunterfield, GA
    • Bangor, ME
    • Newfoundland
    • Enroute Overseas
  • July 29, 1944
    • 1st Mission
  • August 24, 1944
    • Shot Down (Girman's 10th Mission)
    • POW -- 4 Hospitals
      • Leipzig
      • Dulaglof (near Frankfort) - Holmark Hospital
      • Menningen
      • Obermassfield
    • Sent to Grosstychow (near Belgande) - (Pomesania - now Poland) Then, took train trip to Nuremburg - then to Mooseburg - Stalag 9C
  • April 29, 1945
    • Liberated by Patton's 14th Armored
    • Flown to LaHarre, France - last convoy to USA on the Santa Rosa
  • May 29, 1945
    • Back in USA - Hospital in Chicago (Gardner)
  • November 15, 1945
    • Discharged in San Antonio

Subject Tracings

  • Armed Forces
  • Veterans
  • World War II