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The Descriptive Finding Guide for the Harold E. Fischer Personal Papers SDASM.SC.0014
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Box 01 – 13 Video Cassette Recordings

Physical Description: 1. Video Cassette Recording of Colonel Harold Fischer and the “Paper Tiger” October 3, 1999. 2. Video Cassette Recording of “Korean Aces” (No Date), 3. Video Cassette Recording of “Spyglass Lana” (No Date). 4. Video Cassette Recording of “Gathering of Eagles Interviews” June 10, 1994. 5. Video Cassette Recording of A&E Network “Weapons at War” Most Decorated Aces of Korean, Wayne Weiss, Producer. (No Date) 6. Video Cassette Recording of “Seven Views of War” (No Date). 7. Video Cassette Recording of “Most Decorated Korean. (No Date). 8. Video Cassette Recording of “Kein W. Poltava Riga, April 9, 1994-April 15, 1994. 9. Video Cassette Recording of “National Archives Korean Pilots Aces: James K. Johnson. 10. Video Cassette Recording of “9th Meeting of Northern California Friends of FT. Aces.” McClellan AFB, Sacramento, CA. Hank Buttleman, Ed Heller, Hal Fischer, Jack Bolt and John Mitchell”. October 22, 1994. 11. Video Cassette Recording of “Seven Views of War” (No Date). 12. Video Cassette Recording of “F-86 Stuff @ Midland. (No Date). 13. Video Cassette Recording of “Korean War Symposium Interview” June 25, 2001.
 

Box 02

Physical Description: Box 2 Size: 15” x 5” x 10.5”
 

Folder 01 – Four Report Cards from Harold E. Fischer 6th, 7th, 10th and 12th grade.

 

Folder 02 Folder: Photographs I: Pages 1-30 of Photo Album.

 

Folder 03 – Photographs II: Pages 31-61 of Photo Album.

 

Folder 04 – Official U. S Government Photographs I

 

Folder 05 – Official U. S. Government Photographs II

Physical Description: 1. Thirty-five Official U. S. Government 8” x 10” photographs all signed by Colonel Harold E. Fischer, Jr.
 

Folder 06 – Personal Photographs

Physical Description: 1. Nine 8” x 11” color photograph of Colonel Harold E. Fischer, Jr’s flight jacket. 2. One 8” x 11” signed color photograph of his airplane. 3. One 8” x 12” 2002 Sino-American WW II Vets Reunion in Beijing. 4. One 8” x 12” 2002 Sino-American WW II Vets Reunion in Beijing in a cardboard folder.
 

Folder 07 – Draft of “Arms Transfers to Less Developed Countries”

Physical Description: 1. Sixty-four page draft about “Arms Transfer Policies of Major Suppliers” prepared for The U.S. Arms Control and Disarmament Agency by Lt. Colonel Harold E. Fischer, USAF, May 1969.
 

Folder 08 – The Transfer of the U.S. Korean War POWs to the Soviet Union

 

Folder 09 – The Story of My Ten MiGs

Physical Description: 1. Three page typed document titled “My Ten MiGs by Colonel Harold E. Fischer, USAF (Retired) America’s 22nd Jet Ace describes his flying encounters with enemy MiGs.
 

Folder 10 – Sioux City News: “Story of Harold E. Fischer, Jr.” dated June 14, 1955.

Physical Description: 1. Transcript: “Take One”: 7 pages of description of Colonel Fischer’s capture by the Chinese government dated June 14, 1955. 2. Transcript: “Take Two”: 8 pages of description of Colonel Fischer’s capture by the Chinese government dated June 14, 1955. (Missing page 2 of the document). 3. Transcript: “Take Three”: 2 copies of “Take Three” consisting of 5 pages each. 4. Transcript: “Take Four”: 2 copies of “Take Four” consisting of 7 pages each. 5. Missing Transcript: “Take Five”. 6. Transcript: “Take Six”: Three page document.
 

Folder 11 Personal Letters 1950-1953 (Before Capture)

 

Folder 12 – Correspondence Fischer’s Parents and the U. S. Government 1953-1955

Physical Description: Many letters he called “A Diary” Harold E. Fischer wrote to friends and his parents during his imprisonment by the Chinese government.
 

Folder 14 – Letters Dated 1985-2002

 

Folder 15 – Letters written with No Dates or Envelopes

Physical Description: 1. Two page typed letter (no date) from Han De Cai to Harold E. Fischer, Jr. and the draft of “The Fischer Fund.” 2. One page handwritten and typed (no date) from Roy (no last name to Harold) wishing him a Merry Christmas. 3. One page handwritten letter (no date) from Mrs. Moore to “Dear Friends”. 4. One page handwritten note (no date) regarding Harold E. Fischer Jr. capture by the Chinese. 5. One page handwritten note (no date) from “EF” to “Hi There” about having a baby. 6. Four page handwritten letter (no date) from “Your son” to Mom and Dad. 7. Two page typed letter (no date) from “Your son” to “Dad” regarding selling a car, voting for Eisenhower and other news. 8. Two page typed letter (no date) to “Dear Dad and Mom” from “Your son” regarding flying in combat. 9. Two page handwritten letter (no date) to “Dear Mom and Dad” from “Your son” regarding the T-33. 10. Two page handwritten letter (no date) to “Hello” from “Your son” regarding release from the hospital. 11. One page typed letter (no date) to “Dear Dad and Mom” from “Your son” regarding his friends transfer to other places. He is in Japan at the time of the letter. 12. One page typed letter (no date) to Hi Dad and Mom, from your son regarding the radio his father was to receive for Christmas. 13. Two page handwritten letter (no date) to Dear Mom and Dad from your Junior regarding move to Chase Field near Corpus Christi, Texas 14. Two page typed letter (no salutation in poor condition with no date) regarding people who were captured. 15. One page typed letter (no date) to Dear Mother and Father from your son regarding his mother’s birthday. 16. One page typed letter (no date) to Dad from your son regarding missions he flew and the radio he sent to his father. 17. One page handwritten letter (no date) to Dearest Mom and Dad from your son regarding the F-80 he was flying. 18. One page handwritten letter (no date) to Dear Mom and Dad from your son regarding his missions. 19. Two page handwritten letter in Chinese) (no date). 20. Two page typed letter describing an unknown author’s interest in “The Flying Tiger”.
 

Folder 16 – POW MEDSEARCH

Physical Description: 1. A four-page document about searching for information about people who were POWs.
 

Folder 17 – Official Credit for Destruction of Enemy Aircraft

Physical Description: . A four-page document regarding the Official Credit for Destruction of Enemy Aircraft.
 

Box 03

 

Folder 18 – Bergin-Interview with Lt. Gen. Han

Physical Description: . An eleven-page document describing an interview with Lt. Gen Han about flying in combat. The document is missing pages one and two.
 

Folder 19 – Various Newspaper Clippings about Colonel Harold E. Fischer, Jr

Physical Description: 1. Newspaper clipping from a Swea City, Iowa (no date) with the headline “Fischer’s Give Thanks War-Hero-Son Still Alive”. It shows pictures of Harold’s parents, his then wife, Dorothy Fischer and his son Harold Fischer, III. 2. Newspaper clipping (no author, no date) titled “Parents Learn Chinese Were ‘Gunning’ for Capt. Fischer”. 3. Laminated newspaper clipping (no author, no date) titled “Iowa Pilot Given ‘An Outing’ in China. 4. Newspaper clipping from the Des Moines, Iowa newspaper (no date) titled “China Will Let Fischer Write”. 5. Newspaper clipping (no author, no date) titled “Ace Says He’s down over Manchuria Lost Fighting Commie Planes”. 6. Newspaper clipping from the Des Moines Sunday Register, April 12, 1953 about Harold E. Fischer’s interest in flying from an early age. 7. Newspaper clipping from the Des Moines Register dated April 10, 1953 titled “Gammack Tells Story o Fischer’s Last Flight: Chinese Say Iowa Jet Ace Is a Captive”. 8. Newspaper clipping from the Des Moines Register dated April 10, 1953 continuing the story from page 1. 9. Newspaper clipping (no author, no date) about “Fischer Missing in Korea Action”. 10. Newspaper clipping (no author, no date) about “Fischer Fed Red Doctrine in P. W. Camp”. 11. Newspaper Kossuth County Advance dated January 25, 1955 titled “Fischer Greets Makenzie Sunday”. 12. Newspaper clipping (no author, no date) titled “Iowa Jet Ace Sends 7 to Parents”. 13. Newspaper clipping (No author, no date) titled “51 Americans Remain in Captivity.” 14. Newspaper clipping Des Moines Register dated February 17, 1953 titled “Iowa Ace, Hottest Pilot in Korea, Gets 7th, 8th MiGs”. 15. Newspaper clipping (no author, no date) titled “27-year-old Iowa Flier Becomes 25th Jet Ace.” 16. Newspaper clipping (no author, no date) titled “One of the Last Pictures of Capt. Harold Fischer”. 17. Newspaper clipping (no author, no date) titled “Four of a Kind”. 18. Newspaper clipping from The Washington Daily News, May 16, 1958 titled “The Faces of the Aces.” 19. Newspaper clipping (no author, no date) titled “200 Aircraft Rain Lethal Blow on Supply Complex”. 20. Newspaper clipping (no author, no date) titled “Reds Hold Back”. 21. Newspaper clipping Quick Pocket News Weekly, dated April 13, 1953 picture of Lt. Col Edwin Lewis Heller in the hospital. 22. Newspaper clipping (no author, no date) titled “Reds Admit Holding Back U. S. Ace and Some Other Captured Fliers: Airmen Were in Manchuria”. 23. Newspaper clipping (no author; no date) titled “AF Adds 2 MiGs to Nov. 26 Claims”. 24. Newspaper clipping (no author; no date) titled “200 Aircraft Pulverized Enemy Supply Complex”. 25. Newspaper clipping (no author, no date) titled “Sabres Bag 3 MiGs Troop Billets Blasted”. 26. Newspaper clipping (no author, no date) titled “Ace Downed MiGs, was POW”. 27. Newspaper clipping, Algona Upper Des Moines dated May 5, 1997 titled “Swea City’s Harold Fischer Gains Spot in Air Force Hall of Fame.” 28. Newspaper clipping in Maxwell-Gunter Dispatch, June 10, 1994. 29. Newspaper clipping in the Oshkosh Northwestern dated August 1, 1996 titled: “EAA 1996 Fly-in Convention-Honoring Veterans with a photograph and story of Colonel Harold E. Fischer, Jr.”.
 

Folder 20 - Oversized Newspaper Clippings

Physical Description: 1. Typed newspaper release dated February 15, 1953 from Headquarters Fifth Air Force Public Information Office titled: “1800 Operational Summary and photographs of the four pilots released from captivity in 1953”. 2. Newspaper clipping from The Air Force Times dated December 26, 1952, titled “Flyers Downing Red MIGs Mount as Korea War Rages.” Clipping includes photographs of the 12 pilots featured in article. 3. Newspaper clipping in Pacific Stars and Stripes (no date) titled “4th Group Pilots Share Credit for Bagged MIG”. Includes photos of 12 pilots featured in the article. 4. Newspaper clipping (no author; no date) titled “Fernandez 26th Ace.” Article includes a photograph of Fernandez. 5. Newspaper article dated November 19 (no year) (no author) titled “Assembly Area Hit B Napalm: Pilot Bags 5th Red, becomes 22nd Ace”. 6. Newspaper article dated December 7 (no year) titled “Saber Jet Pilots down 4 MIGs: Aircraft Fly 1,300 Sorties to protect Ike on Korea Trip”. 7. Newspaper clipping dated December 17 (no year) (no author) titled “4th Wing Pilots Bag 4 MiGs In 13 Flights”. 8. Three Newspaper clippings dated November 21(no year) (no author) titled: “Pilot Nicks MIGs in Both Thunderjets, Sabre Jets”; “Sabre Jets Down 5 More MIGs.” and “Jet Ace Describes Action Involved In Bagging MIG”. 9. Newspaper clipping by Alfred D. Whelton (no date) titled “New Hampshire’s Korea Ace Flies Blind, Met His Wife on Blind Date”.
 

Folder 21 – Newspaper Clippings of Harold E. Fischer’s Release from China.

Physical Description: 1. One 11” x 14” Blown up newspaper photograph (no author, no date) titled: “A Happy Foursome” about the pilot’s release from captivity. 2. Newspaper article, from the Mason City Globe-Gazette, July 18, 1955 titled “5000 Take Part in Aviation Day: Fischer Honored at Fete after his release from captivity”. 3. Newspaper article from Des Moines Register dated February 25, 1955 regarding a photo of Capt. Harold E. Fischer and two of his companions in prison. One 5.5” x 8” laminated photograph of Captain Fischer and three fellow airmen. 4. One 5” x 6” laminated photograph of three U.S. Fliers after their release from captivity.
 

Folder 22 – New York Times Magazine March 29, 1953.

 

Folder 23 – The Star and Lamp of Pi Kappa Phi: November 1953: Pages 4-5.

 

Folder 24- The Reference Materials of the Background about Chang-ning

 

Folder 25 – News Magazine Galveston News Tempo June 13, 1955

 

Folder 26 – Newsweek Magazine June 13, 1955, Pages 26-27.

 

Folder 27 – Two Air Force Magazines January 1955 and July 1955 issues.

 

Folder 28 – Scrapbook about Harold E. Fischer, Jr.’s Release from Chinese Prison

Physical Description: 1. The first twenty-seven pages are newspaper clippings of his release from a Chinese prison camp and his reunion with his son Harold E. Fischer, III. 2. Pages 28-31 are about his marriage to Mary Jane Peterson.
 

Folder 29 - Three issues of “Life” Magazine Dated June 13, 1955 and June 27, 1955

Physical Description: 1. One copy of Life Magazine Dated June 13, 1955, pages 29-33 about the POWs in Chinese government captivity. 2. Two copies of Life Magazine Dated June 27, 1955, pages 146-160 about Harold E. Fischer’s captivity by the Chinese government.
 

Folder 30 – The Jet Set Magazine Article, 1969

Physical Description: 1. A four-page article by William A. Kinney in the Airman Staff Magazine, 1969.
 

Folder 31 – Drawings of “The Paper Tiger” from “The Squadron, Spring 1973.

Physical Description: 1. Four pages of drawings of the “Paper Tiger” in “The Squadron Magazine, Vol. 3, No. 2, 1973.
 

Folder 32 – Newspaper Clippings written in Chinese

 

Folder 33 – Military History Magazine December 2001.

Physical Description: 1. Story about “Chinese MiG Ace over Korea” on page 38.
 

Folder 34 – Various Memorabilia

Physical Description: 1. A decal of the F-86 Sabre Pilots Association. 2. Booklet of the US-Russia Joint Commission Korean War Working Group Visit with U. S. Sabre Pilots, Las Vegas, NV, April 17-22, 2001. 3. Photocopy of Colonel Harold E. Fischer, Jr. at the 50th Anniversary of the Formation of the Royal Australian Air Force. Date of Issue June 9, 1971. 4. Photocopy of Soviet pilot Colonel Dmitry Valilevich dated December 11, 1990. 5. Paper from the Far East Air Force dated March 22, 1953 passed for publication in 2001. 6. Color Advertisement for “Dreams of Aces: The Hal Fischer Story: Korea and Vietnam”. Dated July 1, 2011. 7. 7 Poem by MLF (dated 1975) titled: “In Memory of 7th April 1953.” Signed by Colonel Harold E. Fischer August 27, 1993.
 

Folder 35 – Various dated and undated envelopes.

Physical Description: 1. Many of these undated envelopes were from when he was held captive by the Chinese government. 2. Most of the dated envelopes are addressed to his parents before his capture, during his imprisonment and after his release. 3. Two envelopes held photographs that were sleeved in previous folders.
 

Folder 36 - Magnetic Advertisement for “The Paper Tiger”

 

Folder 37 – Various Awards from 1949 to 1997

Physical Description: 1. Award from the President of the United States of America, dated May 9, 1949 making Harold E. Fischer, Jr. a Second Lieutenant, Infantry. 2. Award from the Infantry School of the United States Army stating that Second Lieutenant has successful completed “The Special Associate Basic Infantry Officers’ Course on May 24, 1949. 3. Award from the United States Air Force Air Training Command to Second Lieutenant Harold E. Fischer, Basic Pilot Training on August 4, 1950. 4. Award from the United States Air Force, Air Training Command, making Second Lieutenant Harold E. Fischer, Jr. a Fighter Pilot on December 16, 1950 at Williams Air Force Base in Chandler, Arizona. 5. Awarded The Silver Star from the United States of America certifying Captain Harold E. Fischer, Jr. showed Gallantry in Action dated May 31, 1955. 6. Awarded The Distinguished Flying Cross (First Oak Leaf Cluster) from the United States of America certifying First Lieutenant Harold E. Fischer Extraordinary Achievement while Participating in Aerial Flight November 26, 1952. Awarded May 31, 1955. 7. Awarded The Distinguished Flying Cross to Captain Harold E. Fischer from the United States of America for Extraordinary Heroism in Military Operations Against an Armed Enemy, February 16, 1953. Awarded May 31, 1955. 8. Awarded the Air Medal with Four Oak Leaf Clusters to Captain Harold E. Fischer from the United States of America for Meritorious Achievement While Participating in Aerial Flight. Awarded May 31, 1955, 9. An award from the President of the United States of America making Harold E. Fischer, Jr. a Captain in the United States Air Force dated March 14, 1958. 10. Awarded the Joint Service Commendation Medal from the Department of Defense dated July 22, 1968. 11. Awarded the Meritorious Service Medal to Colonel Harold E. Fischer for Outstanding Service dated May 7, 1971. 12. Award from the United States Army Aviation School to Colonel Harold E. Fischer, Jr. the Rotary Wing Qualification Course on August 24, 1971. 13. An award from Auh-Ding Boi-Tinly Viet-Nam Cong-Hoa dated December 27, 1971. 14. An award from Viet Nam, Cong Hoa Bang Nhay-Du dated February 28, 1972. 15. A Certificate of Accomplishment awarded to Colonel Harold E. Fischer dated March 9, 1972. 16. Award from Viet Nam Cong-Hoa to Harold E. Fischer dated August 8, 1972. 17. Award from the Republic of Vietnam to Colonel Harold E. Fischer for Chief, AF Advisory Team 3, Bien Hoa AB RVN dated September 13, 1972. 18. An award from Bo Tong Tham Mu’u Khong-Quan dated October 2, 1972. 19. An award from the United States of America awarding Colonel Howard E. Fischer the Air Medal (Fifth through Seventh Oak Leaf Cluster) for Meritorious Achievement while participating in Aerial Flight dated October 12, 1972. 20. Award from the United States of America awarding Colonel Harold E. Fischer, Jr. the Legion of Merit Award dated October 30, 1972. 21. Award from the Special Operations Association making Harold Fischer a life member of the association on January 9, 1997.
 

Folder 38 – Additional information about Colonel Harold E. Fischer, Jr

 

Folder 39 – Previous Paperwork Regarding the H. Fischer Collection

Physical Description: 1. Donor Acknowledgement dated September 19, 2007.