US Army Heritage and Education Center
The Edward P. Lukert, Jr. collection spans the years 1953-2004 and documents his service in the U.S. Army as an aviator. The collection contains a biography of Lukert, compiled in December 2004 by his son, Edward P. Lukert, III, and a brief memoir by Lukert, Jr. regarding his thoughts on the Vietnam War. A copy of a form letter sent by Lukert soliciting aid for Montagnard villages in Vietnam is included, as is a program from a reunion of the 52nd Combat Aviation Battalion with a unit history covering its activities in Vietnam. The collection also includes color slides taken by Lukert while he was stationed in South Korea from 1953-1954 and while he was on leave in Fujiya, Japan. Another set of color slides shows aircraft used by the U.S. Army in Vietnam and part of a presentation on Combat Developments Command Aviation Agency from circa 1968-circa 1969. The collection also contains one oversize, unofficial certificate that was presented to Lukert for his service in Europe in 1966
US Army Heritage and Education Center
Contains the following type of materials: photographs, photo albums
US Army Heritage and Education Center
The collection consists of materials related to the World War II service of Henrietta P. Speckels. The bulk of the materials consists of personnel documents relating to her service in the Women's Air Force Service Pilots (WASP) training program, and includes her honorable discharge. Also included is an annotated technical manual; a printed photographic booklet from Avenger Field, Sweetwater, TX; her radio operator's permit; and two photographs of Speckels with her class members (reproductions). The oversize box contains her certificate of Honorable Service with the Army Air Forces
Wisconsin Veterans Museum Research Center
The Monfort, Wis. native, discusses his service as a P-51 pilot with the United States Air Force in World War II, and his stateside service during the Korean War. Bowers relates volunteering in order to control his service position, basic training at Wichita Falls (Kansas), and flight training at Cimarron Field (Oklahoma). Stationed at Wattisham (England), Bowers describes life at the base including recreational activities and parties, typical missions as a bomber escort, hatred of Germans, and contact with English civilians. He provides information about air-to-air combat, air-to-ground strafing, dogfighting techniques, death in the air, positive and negative pilot personalities, and the V1 and V2 rocket war. He evaluates American airplanes and equipment, German air defenses, and German pilots. He talks about coming home, joining the Reserves, and using the GI Bill. Bowers briefly discusses his Korean War service protecting the northern section of the United States from a possible ... Read More
Wisconsin Veterans Museum Research Center
Aviator's flight log book kept by Waunakee, Wis. veteran Sullivan, apparently during his training, who served as a Naval aviator during World War II. The book contains a list of clothing and equipment given to Sullivan. The bulk of the book is devoted to recording information about training and combat flights listing the type of plane, flight duration, pilot name, and occasional information about the nature of the flight
Wisconsin Veterans Museum Research Center
Roy C. Ihde, a Peshtigo, Wisconsin native, describes his career in the Air Force from 1946 to 1966 during the Cold War -- Ihde touches on family military history, enlisting in the Air Force after his house burned down, basic training at the San Antonio Aviation Cadet Center (Texas), radar school at Boca Raton (Florida), primary and basic pilot training at Randolph Field (Texas), and single-engine fighter pilot training at Williams Field (Arizona). He reflects on his love of training and recalls reasons other people washed out. He talks about his assignment to the 4th Fighter Group, 336th Rocket Squadron at Andrews Field (Maryland) and duty as a P-80 jet pilot and athletic officer. Ihde comments on flying the F-84 Thunderjet. He recalls a three-year tour based in Fürstenfeldbruck (Germany), speaks of defending U.S. air space, and states he often had to intercept civilian airliners. He shares his impressions of the destruction in Munich and talks about going to the opera. Sent to ... Read More
Wisconsin Veterans Museum Research Center
Papers and a photograph belonging to Walter F. Draeger, Jr., an Air Force pilot and military advisor in Vietnam who was killed in action in April 1965. Collection includes documents relating to his flying as well as his death and the disposition of his possessions. There are telegrams and letters informing Draeger's parents of his death and expressing condolences. Other documents relate to the disposition of his possessions, which were returned to his parents. Two funeral programs provide biographical information about Draeger. In addition, a 1996 letter from the Department of Defense translates a Vietnamese document that reveals where Draeger's remains had been buried. Other materials relate mainly to his role as a pilot in the United States Air force. Logbooks, flight records, study guides and other informational documents demonstrate his knowledge and experience with the F-84 Thunderjet fighter plane. There is an unidentified photograph of a jet fighter plane, presumably an F-84 ... Read More
Wisconsin Veterans Museum Research Center
Papers and photographs of George H. Spiering, a officer and pilot with Marine Fighting Squadron 123 during World War II. A transcribed diary from 1945 tells the story of this Milwaukee native's service, including raids on the Japanese mainland in the final year of the war. Military papers detail his military career, beginning with entry into the Navy's V-5 program and his later enlistment into the United States Marine Corps Reserve. Flight log books document his continuing interest in flying through 1962. Several Japanese propaganda leaflets, acquired by Spiering during his service, remain untranslated. Other materials focus on his role with the Reserve after the war. Some correspondence shows his interest in military history, as he exchanged letters with an author. Photographs include several shots of Spiering flying various planes, training in Santa Barbara in 1943, and serving aboard the U.S.S. Bennington in 1945. There are group shots of his squadron, nicknamed the "Eight Balls." ... Read More
Wisconsin Veterans Museum Research Center
Ken Helfrecht, a Madison, Wisconsin native, discusses his service as a pilot in the 4th Fighter Group, 2nd Division, 8th Air Force during World War II. Helfrecht speaks of enlisting in the Army Air Force Reserve at age seventeen and entering pilot training in 1943, just after his eighteenth birthday. He states that during his pre-flight training at Maxwell Field "they still had hazing." Helfrecht describes getting treatment for viral pneumonia and being sent home on a three week medical furlough. He speaks of flying a Stearman PT-17 at a civilian-lead primary flying school, a Vultee Vibrator at basic in Macon (Georgia), and AT-6s during advanced training at Jackson (Mississippi). He recalls his group being the first Americans to train at Jackson, which had previously been training Dutch pilots. At replacement training unit in Saratosa (Florida), he talks about aerial gunnery practice and skip bombing, and he touches on having two weeks of bivouac at Tallahassee (Florida). Helfrecht ... Read More
Wisconsin Veterans Museum Research Center
Russell R. Dahlquist, a Racine, Wisconsin native, discusses his Vietnam War service with the Air Force working with helicopters and intelligence -- He talks about his family's military history, basic training at Sheppard Field (Texas), and he describes basic training as less stressful than Boy Scouts. Dahlquist touches upon training in single engine helicopter maintenance, scoring high on all his tests, assignment to Central Air Rescue and Recovery, and basic flight training. Assigned to Laredo Air Force Base (Texas), he mentions flying for fun in order to log forty hours of flight per month and once accidentally flying over an artillery range. Dahlquist states he was sent on temporary duty to Vietnam in 1970. After triggering a thyroid condition, he talks about being medically rejected from the Air Force Academy, losing flight status, assignment to Sheppard Field training helicopter pilots, and wounding his legs in an accident. While in the hospital he was recruited to intelligence. ... Read More

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