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Descriptive Summary

Biographical Note

Scope and Contents

Restrictions

Index Terms

Administrative Information

Description of Series

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University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the Herman F. Hermanson Papers, ca. 1942-2006



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Hermanson, Herman F.
Title: Herman F. Hermanson Papers
Dates: ca. 1942-2006
Abstract: The Herman F. Hermanson Papers, ca. 1942-2006, consist of a book, newspaper articles, personal papers, research, and correspondence relating to Sgt. Herman Hermanson’s experiences as an airman in World War II, including his plane crash in France and his escape from German pursuers.
Accession No.: 2011-029
Extent: 3 in.
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

Sgt. Herman F. Hermanson (d. 1984) served in the U.S. Army Air Force during World War II before being discharged in 1945. He was a top turret gunner on a B-17 bomber nicknamed “Big Red” with the 388th Bomb Group when his plane was shot down over German-occupied France on March 27, 1944. With the help of the French resistance, he escaped through France and into Spain.

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Scope and Contents

The Herman F. Hermanson Papers, ca. 1942-2006, consist of the book Il s’appelait Big Red… by Bertrand Illegems, newspaper articles, personal papers, a speech by crash eyewitness Louis Gourand, research, and correspondence relating to Sgt. Herman Hermanson’s experiences as an airman in World War II, including his plane crash in France and his escape from German pursuers.

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research use.

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Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Hermanson, Herman F.--Archives
Subjects (Organizations)
United States. Army Air Forces. Bomb Group, 388th
Subjects
B-17 Bomber--1940-1950.
World War, 1939-1945--Veterans--United States--Personal Narratives.
World War, 1939-1945--Underground movements--France--Bordeaux Region.
Places
Aizenay (France)

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Herman F. Hermanson Papers, ca. 1942-2006, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Evan Usler, February 2011.

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Detailed Description of the Papers

 

Inventory

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2.325/U144 Vendee Newspaper article, April 1994
Speech by Louis Gouraud, July 1995
Presse-Ocean Newspaper article, April 1994
Book: Il s’appelait Big Red… 1994
Army Air Force Experiences, 1995
Article: “Cache” A GI’s Flight to Freedom, 1995
Correspondence, personal papers, ca. 1942-2006
Crash site photos and article, ca. 2000

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