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Charles Otis Rainwater Papers

 Collection
Identifier: MS-3538

This collection features three newspaper clippings about Lieutenant Charles O. Rainwater's crash landing in April of 1943 in Central America during World War II. The collection also houses a map of France sent to Rainwater's father with an accompanying letter, dated May 19, 1943, and several undated photographs of Rainwater, his plane, and the plane wreckage.

Dates

  • 1943 May 29-1944

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 features three newspaper clippings about Lieutenant Charles O. Rainwater's crash landing in April of 1943 in Central America during World War II. The collection also houses a map of France sent to Rainwater's father with an accompanying letter, dated May 19, 1943, and several undated photographs of Rainwater, his plane, and the plane wreckage.

Biographical/Historical Note

Charles Otis Rainwater was born in Kentucky on September 30, 1920 to Chester and Sarah Rainwater. He grew up in Dandridge, Tennessee and attended the University of Tennessee from 1939 to 1942. He enlisted in the Army Air Corps in World War II and became a lieutenant. While flying over Central America on April 7, 1943, bad weather forced him to crash land his plane in the jungle, where he survived for six days before being found. He passed away in Dandridge on December 2, 1998.

Arrangement

This collection consists of a single folder.

Acquisition Note

This collection was donated to the University of Tennessee Libraries, Special Collections in September of 2011.

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