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James H. Churda Second World War correspondence

 Collection — document-box: WWII Box 112, Folder: 8, Folder: 1
Identifier: 2020-025-w-r

Content Description

This collection contains three letters from and one photograph of Cpl. James H. Churda, USAAF to his niece Mary Lou Pavlik during the Second World War. The photograph is a copy and shows "Uncle Jimmie" in uniform holding his nieces Mary Lou and Joan on November 11, 1943.

Churda's correspondence mentions B-17 Flying Fortresses and P-51 Mustangs. He told Mary Lou that he would like to show her these planes someday, saying, "I"d show you what the Air Force has in store for Hitler and his pals."

Dates

  • 1943 February 28 - 1943 July 19

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.

Biographical / Historical

Corporal James H. "Jimmie" Churda, United States Air Force (1/26/1901 - 8/23/1981) was born in Ames, Nebraska to Charles and Mary Churda and had one sister, Helen. Helen had two daughters named Mary Lou (b. 1937 or 1938) and Joan to whom "Uncle Jimmie" wrote during the war. He worked at Blue Line Taxi Co. in Nebraska and was inducted in Casper on August 24, 1942. He served at Olmstead Field in Middleton, Pennsylvania with the 22nd Communications Squadron as a radio operator and was released from service on November 18, 1944. It is unclear if he served overseas or on another military installation at any time.

James also served during the First World War, according to the donor, but no information on that period has been provided.

Extent

0.01 Linear Feet (1 folder)

Language of Materials

English

Overview

This collection contains three letters from and one photograph of Cpl. James H. Churda, USAAF to his niece Mary Lou Pavlik during the Second World War.

Arrangement

This collection is arranged by material type and chronology.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Mary Lou Brown neƩ Pavlik.
Title
Finding Aid for the James H. Churda Second World War correspondence
Status
Completed
Author
Andrew Harman
Date
1/14/2020
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin

Repository Details

Part of the Center for American War Letters Archives Repository

Contact:
Leatherby Libraries
Chapman University
Orange CA 92866 United States