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Anthony E. Dolgiela Second World War correspondence

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: 2014-103-w-r

Scope and Contents

This collection contains one letter from Lieutenant Anthony E. Dolgiela, United States Air Force to Joe J. Leniant during the Second World War. The letter was dated February 10, 1945 and highlights more lighthearted aspects of war, discussing Dolgiela's squadron basketball team, and his hopes that his service would be done within two months. The letter was also the last letter written and sent by Lt. Dolgiela before he died during a bombing raid over Regensburg, Germany on February 16.

Also included is one 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 February 10

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

There are no restrictions on the use of this material except where previously copyrighted material is concerned. It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain all permissions. For further copyright information, please contact the archivist.

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."


0.025 Linear Feet (1 envelope)

Language of Materials



This collection contains 1 correspondence written by Lt. Anthony Dolgiela, USAAF to his friend Joe J. Leniant during the Second World War. This was Dolgiela's last letter, dated February 10, 1945 just 6 days before he was killed during a bombing raid on Regensburg, Germany on February 16, 1945.


The collection is divided into two folders. Folder 1 contains a letter dated February 10, 1954. Folder 2 contains supplementary biographical information.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Edward J. Jablonski

Finding Aid for the Anthony E. Dolgiela Second World War correspondence
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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