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James J. Akins Collection

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Identifier: CSWS-0106

Transcription of an oral history conducted with James J. Akins, who served as a pilot during World War II in the European theater. Akins was captured by German forces in 1944 and held for almost a year as a prisoner of war. During his service, he performed in several important raids on German forces. In his interview, he dictates experiences from before, during, and after the war.

Dates

  • 1993 September 20

Language

English

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 (1 folder)

Abstract

Transcription of an oral history conducted with James J. Akins, who served as a pilot during World War II in the European theater. Akins was captured by German forces in 1944 and held for almost a year as a prisoner of war. During his service, he performed in several important raids on German forces. In his interview, he dictates experiences from before, during, and after the war.

Biographical/Historical Note

James J. Akins joined the military in June 1942. He trained as an aviation cadet and graduated December 24, 1943 as a second lieutenant. He was stationed at a base in Southern Italy. During a mission to Wiener Neustadt in Austria, he and his crew were shot down and captured - of the 10 members, 7 survived. They were captured on May 25, 1944 and held until April 28, 1945. Akins also served on various other air raids, including one on German oil refineries in Ploesti, Romania.

After WWII, Akins returned to the U.S. and went back to college for a few years. In February 1949, he rejoined the Air Force and served until February 1966. After he officially retired from the service, Akins became a general contractor.

Previous Citation

This collection was previously listed as part of MS.2012.

Acquisition Note

This collection was donated through the University of Tennessee's Center for the Study of War and Society.

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