1 letter from Anthony E. Dolgiela to Joe J. Leniant dated February 10, 1945. The letter hilights more lighthearted aspects of war, discussing Dolgiela's squadron basketball team, and his hopes that his service would be done within two months.
1 folder of supplementary information, including notes from the donor regarding Dogliela's life, a newspaper article on the "Forgotten 500," a copy of the missing air crew report filed by Dolgiela's squadron, and copies of an online Air Force forum discussion on participation in Operation Halyard.
1945 - 1945
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This collection contains 1 correspondence written by Lt. Anthony Dolgiela to his friend, Joe J. Leniant. This was Dolgiela's last letter, dated February 10, 1945 just 6 days before he was killed during a bombing raid in Regensburg, Germany on February 16, 1945.
Biographical / Historical
From donor letter:
"Lt. Dolgiela was was one of the 'Forgotten 500' chronicled in a book by Gregory A. Freeman. He tells the story of a secret rescue mission of World War II, 'Operation Halyard, a daring rescue in the summer of 1944 of more than 500 allied airmen from Nazi occupied Yugoslavia' (New York Times)."
"Lt. Dolgiela eluded capture when his aircraft was downed on August 7, 1944. He wrote his parents that his ability to speak Polish helped him being rescued by the Yugoslavian guerillas under the leadership of General Mihailovic. Lt. Dolgiela returned to duty and on a bombing raid to Regenshburg, Germany was killed on February 16, 1945 and buried in Sicily-Rome American Cemetery, Nettuno, Italy."
The collection is divided into two folders. Folder 1 contains a letter dated February 10, 1954. Folder 2 contains supplementary biographical information.
[Item title], Anthony E. Dolgiela World War Two Correspondence (2014.103.w.r), Center for American War Letters, Chapman University, CA. http://chapman.lyrasistechnology.org/repositories/4/resources/238 Accessed October 22, 2017.