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Jerome Jacobs World War II Memoirs

 Collection
Identifier: MS-3237

The bulk of this manuscript, entitled Some Came Home, constitutes a detailed description of Jacobs' fighter pilot training in the United States and of his flying experiences in Europe. He gives technical descriptions of the planes he flew, including the P-40 and P-51 Mustang. Jacobs discusses his involvement in Operation Market Garden, including his crash and subsequent capture and confinement as a prisoner of war at Stalag Luft III. He mentions having met George Patton, describes his experiences with women during the war, and discusses technical aspects of flight.

The memoir has no index, but is divided into the following sections: Prologue; Part One - Training: Pearl Harbor, Pre-flight School, Primary Flying School, Basic Flying School, Advanced Flying School, Night Flying, Home, P-40 School, Gunnery School, Fighter School, Overseas; Part Two: Combat; P-51 Mustang, Rolls Royce Merlin Engine, G-Suit, Formation Flying, Oxygen=Life, Another Close One, Flak, Abort, Strafing, Release Tanks, The Turpitz, Sky-Writer, Operation Market Garden, Disaster, The Spy; Part Three: Prison Camp, Liberation, Home Again, Behavior; Postscript

The typed manuscript also contains a few photocopied images.

Dates

  • undated

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

0.1 Linear Feet

Abstract

This collection consists of Dr. Jerome Jacobs' World War II memoirs, entitled Some Came Home. The bulk of the material documents the years from 1941 to 1945. Dr. Jacobs, a fighter pilot veteran, recounts his experiences training as a pilot, his involvement in combat and in Operation Market Garden, and some of his experiences as a prisoner of war.

Biographical/Historical Note

Dr. Jerome Jacobs was living in New York City and studying at NYU at the beginning of World War II. He enlisted in the Army Air Force at the end of the summer of 1942. Once in Europe, he was a member of the 364th Fighter Group in the 8th Air Force. He participated in Operation Market Garden in September of 1944 and was shot down, captured, and held at the prisoner-of-war camp Stalag Luft III in present day Poland.

Arrangement

This collection consists of a single folder.

Acquisition Note

This collection was donated to Special Collections by Jerome Jacobs on January 4, 2007.

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