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John A.Chinn Second World War correspondence

 Collection — Carton: Chinn 1, Folder: 1-21
Identifier: 2016-004-w-r
This collection contains correspondence written by SSgt. John Chinn, USAAF to his wife Erma Chinn during World War Two. It also contains several letters from Erma Chinn to SSgt. Chinn, from Mrs. Jack Chinn to SSgt. Chinn and from W.M. Woodward to Erma Woodward Chinn. SSgt. Chinn's service in the Army Air Corps included training at Patterson Field in Fairfield, Ohio, Chanute Field in Rantoul, Illinois, Sheppard Field in Wichita Falls, Texas and at Brookley Field in Mobile, Alabama. He served as an airplane mechanic in Egypt. John and Erma Chinn lived in Minneapolis, Minnesota.


  • 1942 - 1945

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This collection is open for research.

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1 Linear feet (21 folders)


This collection contains correspondence written by Staff Sergeant John Chinn, United States Army Air Force to his wife Erma Chinn during World War Two.

Biographical / Historical

John Arthur Chinn was born on February 18, 1918 in Minneapolis, Minnesota to John Russell Chinn and Valeda Marie Decker. He married Erma Jayne Woodward in February 1942, the same month he joined the United States Army Air Force. He served in the Second World War and earned the rank of Staff Sergeant with the 63rd Air Depot Group in Cairo until he returned from overseas in November 1945. SSgt. Chinn passed away on March 29, 1989 in Sacramento, California.


This collection is arranged by material type and date: Series 1: Correspondence from John Chinn to Erma Chinn--Series 2: Correspondence from Erma Chinn to John Chinn--Series 3: Correspondence from Mrs. Jack Chinn to John Chinn--Series 4: W.M. Woodward and Elwin C. Woodward to Erma Chinn--Series 5: Miscellaneous Correspondence--Series 6: Ephemera.

Physical Location

Leatherby Libraries, Center for American War Letters.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Denice Chinn, 1/20/2016.
Finding Aid for the John A. Chinn Second World War correspondence collection
Sharon Clairemont
June 28, 2016
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Repository Details

Part of the Center for American War Letters Archives Repository

Leatherby Libraries
Chapman University
Orange CA 92866 United States