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Fred L. Lenney, Jr. Second World War correspondence

 Collection — Box: WWII 26, Folder: 5-14, Folder: 1-10
Identifier: 2016-003-w-r

Content Description

This collection contains correspondence and other materials concerning CPL Fred L. Lenney Jr., USAAF, during the Second World War. CPL Lenney was a gunner on a B-24 bomber and after returning from a combat mission to Samarinda, Borneo on January 12, 1945, the bomber was reported missing in action, and later CPL Lenney and the crew were declared dead by the U.S. War Department.

A majority of the collection consists of letters written by CPL Lenney to his family and friends. The other correspondence and documents concern Kin Seeking Missing Military Personnel, Inc., families of the bomber crew, and the arrangements for the bomber crew's funeral and burial.

  • 83 correspondence, personal 1943-1951
  • two correspondence photocopies, personal 1946
  • 2 postcards
  • 17 photographs
  • three bills (foreign currency)
  • six General Accounting Office
  • Claimant's Notice documents
  • one Application for Pension
  • one check copy
  • one War Department Pamphlet
  • one newsletter
  • one "Citation of Honor" certificate and folder
  • one hand-drawn chart
  • one matchbook cover
  • one illustration print
  • one set of dental X-rays
  • one flying school yearbook
  • one envelope
  • eight funeral documents
  • two photocopies of list "Ted's crew members


  • 1943 - 1948

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

Corporal Fred Lycett Lenney Junior, United States Army Airy Force


.4 Linear feet (8 folders)

Language of Materials



This collection contains correspondence and other materials concerning CPL Fred Lycett Lenney Jr., USAAF, during the Second World War.


This collection is arranged by material type, author, and date.
  • Series 1. Correspondence from Fred L. Lenney Jr.
  • Series 2. Correspondence from U.S. War Department
  • Series 3. Correspondence from Mabel Meurer
  • Series 4. Correspondence to Mabel Meurer
  • Series 5. Documents and photographs about bomber crew's funeral
  • Series 6. Coleman Flying School yearbook
  • Series 7. Ephemera

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Peggy Lenney
Findin Aid for the Fred L. Lenney Jr. Second World War correspondence
John Encarnacion
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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