The William R. Melton papers are contained within
the Tuskegee Airmen Archive. This archive consists of materials related to those
individuals who served at Tuskegee Army Air Field, and its predecessors, as well as
materials pertaining to Tuskegee Airmen, Inc., a non-profit organization. The
William R. Melton papers are comprised of both print and visual materials including
newspaper clippings, photographs, lithographs, books, documents, and correspondence.
The materials within this collection primarily relate to the military service and
history of the Tuskegee Airmen. Additional items regarding Tuskegee Airmen, Inc.,
Melton's personal life, and aviation history are also included.
William R. Melton was born on October 24, 1920. During World War II he enlisted as a
pilot in what was then the Army Air Corps. On July 28, 1943 Melton graduated at
Tuskegee Army Air Field as a Second Lieutenant of class SE-43-G. He was a member of
the original 332nd Fighter Group, serving with the 302nd Fighter Squadron. As a
fighter pilot, Melton flew more than one hundred missions in North Africa and
Europe. He also became part of the initial group to volunteer for bomber training
with the 477th Bombardment Group. Melton later served as a flight instructor and
remained active with the Tuskegee Airmen throughout his life, serving as a public
relations officer and historian for Tuskegee Airmen, Inc. William R. Melton died on
September 2, 1999 at the age of 78.
25.0 linear feet
(4 document boxes, 11 record storage boxes, 5 flat storage boxes, items
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Special Collections & Archives. All requests for permission to publish or quote
from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Head of Special Collections
& Archives. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Regents of the
University of California as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to
include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by
This collection is open for research.