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Eugene Adkins Papers

Identifier: CSWS-0013

  • Staff Only

This collection contains the papers of Eugene Adkins related to his time in WWII. Available are photocopies of correspondence to Adkins from multiple men he became friends with while serving. Among the letters is a flight card certifying Adkins had flown enough to achieve the rank of 2nd Leiutenant. Also available is an autographed copy of Menno Duerksen's The Memphis Belle and a video presentation Adkins gave to a classroom in 1988.


  • 1942 October 28-1944 July 8, 1987, 1988 May 2


The material in this collection is in English.

Conditions Governing Access

Manuscript and University Archives collections are stored offsite, and a minimum of 24 hours is 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.


0.25 Linear Feet


This collection contains the papers of Eugene Adkins related to his time in WWII.

Biographical/Historical Note

Eugene Adkins was born in Tennessee on May 21, 1919. During World War II he served as the top turret gunner in the famous B-17 "The Memphis Belle." He flew six missions on the Belle before being replaced after his hands froze during the sixth mission. Adkins remained with the Air Force before retiring with the rank of Major. He died in 1995 and is buried in Johnson City, TN.

Previous Citation

This collection was originally listed as a part of MS.1608. It was then listed as CSWS.WWII.1.0013 until receiving its current number.

Acquisition Note

Special Collections acquired this collection via the Center for the Study of War and Society. Materials were donated by veterans and their families.

Repository Details

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

University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Knoxville TN 37996 USA