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American Archives Month 2010

World War II

Among the holdings that make up the Aviation and Aerospace History Collection in the Hazy Library's Special Collections are the papers of World War II aviator Joseph F. Mullen (1921-1977).

flight students and instructor

(above) Lieutenant Stromborn with flight students at Shaw Field, Sumter, South Carolina, 23 January 1943. Pictured (l-r) are Joseph F. Mullen (Massachusetts), D. P. Morgan (Delaware), R. H. Mullineaux (New York), 2nd. Lt. Stromborn (Massachusetts), J. R. Morgan (New Jersey), J. F. Mitchell (Massachusetts), and Gordon Bennett (Massachusetts)

portion of pilot's progress card

(above) A portion of 2nd Lt. Joseph Mullen's "Pilot's Progress Card" documenting his P-40 training at the Air Corps Advanced Flying School at Craig Field, Selma, Alabama.

Following his flight training, Mullen was assigned to the 80th Fighter Group (known as the "Burma Banshees") which was stationed in India and supported Allied ground operations in Burma. Mullen flew 128 combat missions during 1943-1944.


(above) A P-40 bearing the distinctive white skull nose art of the Burma Banshees.

P-40 accident

(above) Wreckage from an accident involving G. F. Shlagel, one of Mullen's fellow pilots in the 80th Fighter Group.