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John A. Chinn Second World War correspondence

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: 2016-004-w-r

Content Description

This collection contains correspondence written by SSgt. John A. Chinn, USAAF to his wife Erma Chinn during the Second World War. It also contains several letters from Erma Chinn to SSgt. Chinn, from Mrs. Jack Chinn to SSG 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

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

Staff Sergeant John Arthur Chinn, United States Army Air Force, 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.


1 Linear feet (21 folders)

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This collection contains correspondence written by SSgt. John A. Chinn, USAAF, to his wife Erma Chinn during World War Two.


This collection is arranged by material type and date:

  • Series 1: Correspondence from John A. Chinn to Erma Chinn
  • Series 2: Correspondence from Erma Chinn to John A. Chinn
  • Series 3: Correspondence from Mrs. Jack Chinn to John A. Chinn
  • Series 4: W.M. Woodward and Elwin C. Woodward to Erma Chinn
  • Series 5: Miscellaneous Correspondence
  • Series 6: Ephemera

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Denice Chinn, 1/20/2016.

Finding Aid for the John A. Chinn Second World War correspondence
Sharon Clairemont
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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