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525th Tactical Fighter Squadron Papers

 Collection
Identifier: MS-3044
This collection contains materials relating to the 525th Tactical Fighter Squadron during World War II in the 1940s, including publications, histories, photographs, the diaries of S/Sgt. Virgil R. Embry and James L. Griswold, and the personal papers of First Lt. Jack Thornton.

Dates

  • circa 1940-circa 1949, 1992

Conditions Governing Access

Collections are stored offsite, and a minimum of 2 business days are needed to retrieve these items for use. Researchers interested in consulting any of the collections are advised to contact Special Collections.

Conditions Governing Use

The copyright interests in this collection remain with the creator. For more information, contact the Special Collections Library.

Extent

2 Linear Feet

Abstract

This collection contains materials relating to the 525th Tactical Fighter Squadron during World War II in the 1940s, including publications, histories, photographs, the diaries of S/Sgt. Virgil R. Embry and James L. Griswold, and the personal papers of First Lt. Jack Thornton.

Biographical/Historical Note

The 525th Tactical Fighter Squadron of the U. S. Air Force began on February 10, 1942 as the 309th Bombardment Squadron, and assigned to the 86th Bombardment Group. They departed for combat in April 1943, and first fought on July 6, 1943 on the island of Sicily. The name changed to the 525th Fighter-Bomber Squadron on August 23, 1943, as it set up in Italy, where the group fought at the Battles of Salerno and Cassino. The squadron moved to France and then Germany, where it left combat after May 8, 1945. After the war, the squadron continued to fly in Germany, then provided nuclear air-to-ground deliveries in the 1970s. During the Gulf War in 1991, the 525th operated in Iraq and provided supplies to Kurdish refugees. On April 1, 1992, the squadron was deactivated.

The preceding information came from the History of the 525th Fighter Squadron in Box 1, Folder 7 of this collection. It contains more in-depth information.

Arrangement

Collection consists of two boxes.

Acquisition Note

Collection was donated to the UT Special Collections Library in May 2006 by Sue S. Hurt.

Repository Details

Part of the Betsey B. Creekmore Special Collections and University Archives, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville Repository

Contact:
The University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Knoxville TN 37996 USA
865-974-4480