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Walter A. Kozlowski Second World War correspondence

 Collection — Box: WWII 5, Folder: 9
Identifier: 2017-239-w-r

Content Description

This collection contains 9 correspondence from 2nd Lt. Walter A. Kozlowski to his friend and colleague Joseph Weyres during the Second World War. This collection also contains a note from the donor as well as 5 packets of biographical background information that was arranged by the donor and 3 photocopies newspaper clippings. The letters describe his basic training and pilot school in San Diego, California, Fort Worden, Washington, and Oxnard and Lemoore, California. His squadron was the 446th Bomb Group and his plane was named the “Bastard.” On October 29, 1943, the plane took off from Morrison Field in West Palm Beach, Florida with 14 people, 10 crewmen including Walter, and 4 passengers, aboard. The names of the members of the plane are included in one of the packets provided by the donor. The plane promptly crashed over Puerto Rico, prompting a search for the members of the plane who were presumably lost at sea. These rescue efforts were abandoned on November 16, 1943. Mr. and Mrs. Kozlowski were notified of their son’s death February 28, 1944. This correspondence is to Joseph Weyres, the grandfather of the donor. Walter worked at Godski Awning in Racine, Wisconsin with Weyres before Walter enlisted on June 24, 1941. The pair were co-workers and hunting buddies. In his letters, Walter discusses an assortment of different topics such as guns, flying, planes, and his living arrangements and the area surrounding the multiple places he was stationed. Walter brings up the topic of hunting many times in his letters, always stating that he wished he could hunt with Joseph and that they would do so after the war. Some letters of interest include the letter dated August 5, 194_. This letter is severely damaged from what looks to be chewing of some pest and is placed in the collection using context clues from the letters as the letter had no discernable year. In this letter, Walter mentions his trip to Hollywood and some of the sights there. In the letter dated April 7, 1943 has a beautiful golden letterhead of a plane which Walter states is a BT-15. In this letter he talks about his schedule and his trip to see the giant Redwoods. In the letter dated June 6, 1943, Walter goes into detail about the planes he has flown and some of their mechanics.

Dates

  • 1941 October 14-1943 June 7

Physical Description

Collection in good condition except letter dated August 5, 194_ which has significant damage to what appears to be chew marks of a pest. The letter has multiple holes from this pest.

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

Second Lieutenant Walter A. Kozlowski was born May 1917 in Claremont, New Hamphire to his father William Kozel Kozlowski and his mother Cecelia Filipowicz. The family moved to Kenosha, Wisconsin in 1918. Walter had 2 sisters and a brother, all of whom are currently deceased. His 1936 Kenosha High School yearbook states that his hobby was swimming. It is unknown whether he finished high school, for the donor believes he only attended 2 years. Walter worked at Godski Awning in Racine, Wisconsin with Joseph Weyres before Walter enlisted on June 24, 1941. The pair were co-workers and hunting buddies.

Extent

0.08 Linear feet (1 folder)

Overview

This collection contains letters from 2nd Lt. Walter A. Kozlowski to his friend and colleague Joseph Weyres during the Second World War. Kozlowski and 13 people on the aircraft named “Bastard” were lost at sea on October 29, 1943 when the plane crashed over Puerto Rico.

Arrangement

This collection is arranged by material type, author, and date. Informational material provided by the donor placed behind correspondence.

Physical Location

Leatherby Libraries, Special Collections, CAWL Archives

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of June Reidenbach-Sturino

Physical Description

Collection in good condition except letter dated August 5, 194_ which has significant damage to what appears to be chew marks of a pest. The letter has multiple holes from this pest.

Legal Status

Donor retains any copyright and related rights. For more information, consult original donation form.
Title
Finding Aid for the Walter A. Kozlowski Second World War correspondence
Author
Wynter Salazar
Date
November 1, 2017
Description rules
dacs

Repository Details

Part of the Center for American War Letters Archives Repository

Contact:
Leatherby Libraries
Chapman University
Orange CA 92866 United States