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Guide to the George F. Rickey papers and photographs
1943-1945

Collection number: HMC-0505.
Creator: Rickey, George F. 
Title: George F. Rickey papers and photographs.
Dates: 1943-1945.
Volume of collection: 0.2 cubic feet. 
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Collection summary: Papers and photographs of a navigator with the 77th Bombardier Squadron of the 11th Air Force stationed at Adak.

Biographical note:
George F. Rickey was born in Geneva, New York, in 1922. He served in the United States Army Air Force from 1943 to 1946. In 1945, Rickey was a bombadier navigator for the 77th Bombardier Squadron of the Eleventh Air Force, stationed at Adak Army Air Field in the Aleutians. Rickey's wartime service included training at the following schools and/or locations: Greenville, South Carolina; Air Force Advanced Flying School, Roswell, New Mexico; Army Air Forces Navigation School, San Marcos Army Air Field, San Marcos, Texas; Air Corps Technical School, Kessler Field, Biloxi, Mississippi; 27th College Training Detachment (Air Crew), University of Toledo, Toledo, Ohio; Navigator Preflight School, U.S. Army Air Corps, Ellington Field, Texas; and Santa Ana Army Air Base, Santa Ana, California. In 1947, Rickey received a bachelor's degree in chemistry from Hobart College in Geneva, New York, and married Shirley M. Laudenslayer. The couple had six children. George F. Rickey died in Geneva, New York, in 1985.

Collection description:
The collection consists of World War II era papers and photographs of bomber navigator George F. Rickey. The collection contains xerographic copies of wartime letters and diary entries, and photographs from Rickey's service on Adak. The letters include one from the commander of the Santa Ana Air Base to Rickey's father, concerning his selection for training as a navigator (Sep. 1943), and nine from Rickey to his father (Dec. 1944-Oct. 1945). The daily diary entries cover the period from January 1 to October 5, 1945. The photographs consist of 135 black and white copy prints from original negatives, and 22 black and white copy negatives. The photographs are from Rickey's service with the 77th Bombardier Squadron, stationed at Adak Army Air Field, and are primarily of fellow airmen, aircraft (B-25 Mitchell Bomber, PBY, Ventura Bomber, P-38 Fighter, and C-47 Transport), and airfields.

Arrangement: The collection is arranged into the following series:
Series 1. Letters and Diary; 1943-1945
Series 2. Photographs; 1945

Digitized copies: Digital copies of collection material are not available online. For information about obtaining digital copies, please contact Archives and Special Collections.

Rights note: The Archives does not hold copyright to the materials.

Preferred citation: George F. Rickey papers and photographs, Archives and Special Collections, Consortium Library, University of Alaska Anchorage.

Acquisition note: The collection was presented to the archives by James Rickey in 2001. A deed of gift was signed in 2001. Additions to the collection were made in 2002.

Processing information: This is a copied collection. The original negatives were loaned to the Archives by the creator’s family and were returned once the prints were made. This collection was originally arranged and described by Jeffrey Sinnott in 2002. The guide to this collection was revised and updated to current standards by Veronica Denison in 2013.

Location of originals: This is a primarily copied collection. The originals and copies of various items may be located in other repositories, personal collections, or with the donor’s family.

Container list:

SERIES 1. LETTERS AND DIARY; 1943-1945. 0.05 cubic feet.
This series contains letters and one diary. The diary was kept by George F. Rickey. These are photocopies of the originals.

Folder

Description

Dates

1

 Letter from Colonel W.A. Robertson, Commander, Headquarters, Santa Ana Army Air Base, Santa Ana, California, to father of George F. Rickey

1943 September 7

2

 Letters from George F. Rickey to his father

1944-1945

3

George F. Rickey Diary

1945 January-October

SERIES 2. PHOTOGRAPHS; 1945. 0.15 cubic feet.
This series contains photographs of Rickey’s service with the 77th Bombardier Squadron, stationed at Adak Army Air Field. The prints in this series are from the original negatives. The photograph numbers are also from the original negatives and were numbered and described by George F. Rickey and his family members.

Folder/ Item

Description

4/2

Left to right: Bob Robbins and unknown 

4/3

Charles Nicholls      

4/4

Paul Werner      

4/5

Charles Nicholls      

4/8

Frank Kosiba      

4/9

Bob Talley      

4/10

Left to right: Frank Kosiba and unknown      

4/11

Sam Johnson      

4/12

Cecil Reavis      

4/13

Phil Earnheart      

4/14

Bailey Howard      

4/15

Left to right: Elgin Ledet and Charles Nicholls      

4/17

Ken Wood      

4/18

Bob Robbins      

4/19

John Danyo      

4/20

Left to right: Robert Glueck and Weldon Preddy      

4/21

Left to right: unknown and Paul Dundon      

4/22

Left to right: Charles Nicholls, unknown, Weldon Preddy, and George Scherl      

4/26

Left to right: Weldon Preddy, Elgin Ledet, and George Scherl      

4/28

Catcher and batter at baseball game      

4/29

Soldiers digging hole      

4/30

Left to right: Bill Begar, Weldon Preddy, and Charles Nicholls      

4/31

Left to right: Charles Nicholls and Weldon Preddy      

4/32

Left to right: Charles Nicholls and Bailey Howard      

4/33

Play at first base at baseball game      

4/34

Weldon Preddy in cockpit of plane      

4/37

Cecil Reavis      

4/43

Top to bottom: Weldon Preddy and Charles Nichols (double exposure)

4/47

Bomber engine and bomber alongside during flight      

4/48

John Tidball      

4/50

George Scherl      

4/51

Elgin Ledet      

4/55

Charles Nicholls      

4/57

Left to right: John Tidwell and unknown      

4/59

Left to right: unknown, Bailey Howard, unknown, unknown, Frank Kosiba, Charles Robinson, Tom Mullane, and Paul Dundon      

4/60

Left to right: unknown, Bob Robbins, unknown, unknown, Elgin Ledet, Charles Nicholls, Weldon Preddy, unknown, unknown, John Tidball, and unknown, Just after war ended      

4/68

Left to right: unknown, Charles Nicholls, Elgin Ledet, Weldon Preddy, and Paul Dundon      

4/70

George Scherl      

4/73

George Scherl      

4/74

Tom Mullane      

4/77

Two soldiers and landing boat      

4/79

Left to right: Charles Nicholls, Elgin Ledet, and Weldon Preddy      

4/80

Left to right: Charles Nicholls, Elgin Ledet, and Weldon Preddy      

4/81

Left to right: Willard Castledine and Dale Luttman      

4/82

John Danyo      

4/83

Baseball scene      

4/84

Millar and puppy      

4/85

Charles Nichols      

4/86

Left to right: Charles Nicholls, Cecil Reavis, and Huen      

4/89

White cross and grave: "13 Japanese"

4/92

John Tidball      

4/95

John Tidball      

4/96

Left to right: George Scherl and George F. Rickey      

4/101

White cross on grave: "13 Japanese"

4/108

George Scherl      

4/109

Left to right: Cecil Reavis and Weldon Preddy      

4/110

Millar with puppy      

4/111

Soldier in and next to stream      

4/113

Bomber taking off      

4/114

Baseball game scene      

4/115

Bomber in flight      

4/116

George Scherl in gun turret      

4/117

George F. Rickey in gun turret      

4/118

Bomber in flight over ocean      

4/119

Bomber in flight      

4/120

Glider and shelters      

4/121

Small bomber from the rear      

4/122

Cargo plane landing      

4/123

Aircraft hangar and mountains      

4/124

Bridge and aircraft hangar      

4/131

Phil Earnhart?

4/132

Unidentified soldier      

4/133

Left to right: unknown and Captain Hoffarth      

4/134

Two unidentified soldiers      

4/135

Left to right: Charles Nicholls and Weldon Preddy Standing next to front of bomber      

4/136

Elgin Ledet      

4/137

Three unidentified soldiers      

4/138

Charles Nicholls      

4/139

Unidentified soldier      

4/141

Charles Nicholls      

4/142

Warrant Officer J. G. "Dick" Cooke      

4/143

Charles Nicholls      

4/144

Charles Nicholls on tractor seat      

4/145

Frank Kosiba      

4/146

Soldier holding onto propeller on bomber      

4/147

Charles Nicholls      

4/148

Unidentified soldier      

4/152

Bomber taking off from runway      

4/155

Left to right: Bailey Howard, Elgin Ledet, unknown standing, unknown, Weldon Preddy, Sam Johnson, and unknown      

4/158

Cargo plane taking off      

4/159

John Tidball, second from left      

4/161

Bomber in flight      

4/162

Bomber on ground      

4/163

Bomber on runway      

4/167

Charles Nicholls      

4/168

Weldon Preddy      

4/169

Ken Wood      

4/170

Ken Wood      

4/171

Charles Nicholls      

4/172

Left to right: Weldon Preddy, Joe Fontaine, and Ken Wood      

4/173

Weldon Preddy and puppy      

4/174

Navy Bomber: Ventura      

4/175

Weldon Preddy in cockpit of bomber      

4/176

Weldon Preddy      

4/178

Charles Nicholls      

4/179

Weldon Preddy on bunk      

4/180

Bomber at airfield      

4/181

Bomber being serviced      

4/182

Soldier in gun turret      

4/183

Gliders on ground and in air      

4/184

Bomber on matting      

4/185

PBY on runway      

4/186

Bomber parked on matting      

4/187

Bomber in flight      

4/188

Soldiers at baseball game      

4/189

Bomber in flight      

4/190

Bomber in flight      

4/191

Bomber in flight      

4/193

Bomber taking off or landing      

4/194

Soldier in bomber cockpit      

4/195

Bomber in flight      

4/196

Airfield building      

4/198

Baseball game      

4/199

Stove, bunk, and desk inside building      

4/200

Soldier inside gun turret      

4/205

Aerial view of coastline and mountains from bomber      

4/206

Bomber landing at airfield      

4/207

Bombers in flight      

4/209

Coffee station      

4/212

View from airfield      

4/213

Bomber in flight      

4/216

Bomber in flight      

4/217

Bomber in flight      

4/218

George Rickey at side gun turret      

5

Copy negatives