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Douglass R. Nicklas Second World War and Korean War correspondence

 Collection — Box: WWII 59, Folder: 1-12, Folder: 1-12
Identifier: 2018-068-w-r

Content Description

This collection contains personal correspondence from Douglass R. Nicklas to his parents and brother during the Second World War. It also contains insignia, citations, military orders, correspondence, flight records, certifications, commendations, and discharges relating to Nicklas' war service and subsequent reserve service.


  • 1942-1998

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

LA Times obituary - -- Ventura County Star obituary was published 8/20/1998 (See: Series 12 for print copy) -- From donor information: "Douglass joined the Army in 1942 - trained to become a fighter pilot and became a member of USAAF, U.S. Army Air Force. He flew bombing and strafing missions over Germany. After the war he joined the Reserves. Trained flyers @SAC and retired with rank of Lt Col." -- According to correspondence, especially letter of Feb. 13, 1945, he married "Kitty" on March 17, 1944.


.5 Linear Feet

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This collection contains personal correspondence and records of Lt. Col. Douglass R. Nicklas, USAAF, during the Second World War and the Korean War.


This collection is arranged by material type and date. Original order was preserved as much as possible. Series 1: Personal correspondence, 1942-1945 -- Series 2: Army Orders and Military Service Record, 1941-1947 -- Series 3: Pilot records - Individual Flight Records, 1943-1952 -- Series 4: Pilot records - certificates, exams, orders, communications, 1943-1952 -- Series 5: Retired Reserve documents and correspondence, 1967 -- Series 6: Retired Reserve records and orders, 1951-1967 -- Series 7: Diplomas and course certificates, 1960-1964 -- Series 8: Air Reserve Notes newsletter and 366th Fighter Group Reunion program -- Series 9: Discharge documents -- Series 10: Insignia patches -- Series 11: U.S. Army Presidential Unit Citation -- Series 12: Obituary, 1998-08-20

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Diane Nicklas

Legal Status

Chapman does not hold the IP rights to this collection.
Finding Aid for the Douglass R. Nicklas Second World War and Korean War correspondence collection
Sharon Clairemont
May 31, 2018
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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