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Emmett Dendy World War II Air Mission Diary

 Collection
Identifier: MSS-3922

Scope and Contents

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.

Dates

  • 1943-2010
  • Majority of material found in 1945 - 1945

Creator

Physical Description

good. some pages are falling out

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research. Researchers must register and agree to copyright and privacy laws before using this collection. Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations. Due to the nature of certain archival formats, including digital and audio-visual materials, access to certain materials may require additional advance notice.

Conditions Governing Use

Researchers are responsible for using the materials in conformance with United States copyright law as well as any donor restrictions accompanying the materials. The user assumes all responsibility for identifying and satisfying any copyright claimants in collection materials. Copyright for official University records is held by The University of Alabama. The library claims only physical ownership of many manuscript collections. Anyone wishing to broadcast or publish this material must assume all responsibility for identifying and satisfying any claimants of literary property rights or copyrights. Please contact Special Collections (archives@ua.edu) with questions regarding specific manuscript collections. For more information about copyright policy, please visit: https://www.ua.edu/copyright/. Any materials used for academic research or otherwise should be fully credited with the source. Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals without the consent of those individuals may have legal implications, for which the University of Alabama assumes no responsibility.

Biographical / Historical

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.

Extent

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

Language of Materials

English

Overview

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.

Provenance

Gift of Emmett O. Dendy, 2012.

Physical Description

good. some pages are falling out

Processed by

Martha Bace, 2012
Title
Guide to the Emmett Dendy World War II Air Mission Diary
Status
Completed
Date
September 2012
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
English

Repository Details

Part of the The University of Alabama Libraries Special Collections Repository

Contact:
Box 870266
Tuscaloosa AL 35487-0266
205.348.0500