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Papers

Label
Papers, ca. 1944-2001
Title
Papers
Inclusive dates
ca. 1944-2001
Creator
Contributor
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Contains a detailed memoir of Ballard's pre-military and military experiences. Discusses the hardships he underwent to obtain his pilot's license, his marriage, and his certainty that he would be drafted into military service. Includes extensive details about military life on the training bases, especially the difficultly of being separated from his family for extended periods of time. After nearly a year of training, he received his overseas assignment to Foggia, Italy. The bulk of the memoir relating to his combat experience discusses a bombing mission to the Romanian oil fields at Ploesti in which Ballard's plane was shot down, killing most of the crew and leaving him with severe injuries. He was subsequently captured as a POW and sent to Bucuresti. Contains a description of how Ballard befriended a prison guard who later returned numerous favors and protected him from abuse and possible execution. Also discusses his liberation, after nearly 100 days, from the prison camp following the Romanian government's capitulation to the Allies. Briefly describes his return trip to the U.S., his rehabilitation, his decision not to undergo back surgery because of a strong spiritual feeling, and his discharge. Includes a newspaper article reporting his status as missing in action over Romania. Photographs show Ballard in military dress, in full flight gear, and together with his B-24 Bomber crew. Also contains a photograph of a B-24 Liberator. Includes two telegrams from the Adjutant General: one informing Ballard's wife that he was missing in action, and another notifying her that he was taken as a prisoner of war in Romania
Biographical or historical data
Ballard served in the US Army Air Forces during World War II from 1942-1945. He was trained in both flight and mechanic schools and was assigned to be the chief gunner and engineer on a B-24 Bomber crew in Italy. He achieved the rank of staff sergeant.
Cataloging source
UPB
Index
no index present
Literary form
non fiction
Label
Papers
Instantiates
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Extent
  • 1
  • (37 pages).
  • 1
  • 4
  • 2
Immediate source of acquisition
Eugene H. Ballard 11925 South 700 East Draper, UT 84020 Home phone: (801) 571-2853
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Ownership
Items were donated by creator, Eugene H. Ballard, to the Saints At War Project in 2000.
System control number
(OCoLC)ocn373492551
Type of unit
  • folder
  • photocopied newspaper article.
  • photocopied photographs.
  • photocopied telegrams.
Label
Papers
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Extent
  • 1
  • (37 pages).
  • 1
  • 4
  • 2
Immediate source of acquisition
Eugene H. Ballard 11925 South 700 East Draper, UT 84020 Home phone: (801) 571-2853
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Ownership
Items were donated by creator, Eugene H. Ballard, to the Saints At War Project in 2000.
System control number
(OCoLC)ocn373492551
Type of unit
  • folder
  • photocopied newspaper article.
  • photocopied photographs.
  • photocopied telegrams.

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