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  • Access
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  • Acquisition Information
  • Accruals
  • Biographical Note
  • Scope and Content of Collection

  • Title: Willy Achim Fiedler papers
    Date (inclusive): 1933-1998
    Collection Number: 95009
    Contributing Institution: Hoover Institution Archives
    Language of Material: English and German
    Physical Description: 16 manuscript boxes, 1 oversize box, 3 oversize folders (9.1 linear feet)
    Abstract: Correspondence, writings, notes, memoranda, technical reports, patent applications, clippings, other printed matter, video tape, sound recording, and photographs relating to the German missile development program during World War II, including the "V1," and to postwar American missile development programs, especially the Polaris missile and other submarine launched ballistic missiles.
    Physical Location: Hoover Institution Archives
    Creator: Fiedler, Willy Achim, 1908-1998.

    Access

    Collection is open for research.
    Use copies of all video recordings in this collection are available for immediate access. To listen to sound recordings during your visit, please contact the Archives at least two working days before your arrival. We will then advise you of the accessibility of the material you wish to see or hear. Please note that not all audiovisual material is immediately accessible.

    Publication Rights

    For copyright status, please contact the Hoover Institution Archives.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Willy Achim Fiedler papers, [Box no.], Hoover Institution Archives.

    Acquisition Information

    Acquired by the Hoover Institution Archives in 1995.

    Accruals

    Materials may have been added to the collection since this finding aid was prepared. To determine if this has occurred, find the collection in Stanford University's online catalog at http://searchworks.stanford.edu/ . Materials have been added to the collection if the number of boxes listed in the online catalog is larger than the number of boxes listed in this finding aid.

    Biographical Note

    1908 January 23 Born, Freudenstadt, Black Forest, Germany
    1934 June 1 Received Diplom-Ingenieur (Master of Engineering) from the Technical University, Stuttgart
    1935-1936 Designer for the British Aircraft Manufacturing Co. Ltd. in Feltham, England
    1937 November 16 Received the title of Flugbaumeister (aeronautical engineer) from the Institute for Aviation Research (Deutsche Versuchsanstalt für Luftfahrt, DVL) in Berlin
    1938-1944 Designer and test pilot at the Gerhard Fieseler Aircraft Works in Kassel, Germany
    1942-1944 Tester of the "V1" missile for Gerhard Fieseler in Peenemünde, Germany
    1945 January-May Co-owner and technical director for the Bachem Company in Waldsee, Germany
    1945 October-1948 May Owner and manager of Ingenieurbureau Fiedler in Nabern, Germany
    1948-1956 Worked at the U.S. Naval Air Missile Test Center (NAMTC) in Point Mugu, California, as part of Operation Paperclip
    1954 January 27 Received the Distinguished Civilian Service Award from the U.S. Navy
    1956 Began work at Lockheed Missiles and Space Company in Sunnyvale, California
    1958 Became chief scientist at Lockheed Missiles and Space Company
    1973 Retired from Lockheed Missiles and Space Company
    1998 January 17 Died, Los Altos Hills, California

    Scope and Content of Collection

    Correspondence, scientific writings, experiment notes, memoranda, technical reports, patent applications, clippings, other printed matter, video tape, sound recording, and photographs relating to the German missile development program during World War II, including the "V1," and to postwar American missile development programs, especially the Polaris missile and other submarine launched ballistic missiles. The bulk of the collection relates to these and various other scientific studies and experiments that Fiedler conducted in the decades after his immigration to the United States, organized into a Career File.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    World War, 1939-1945--Aerial operations.
    World War, 1939-1945--Germany.
    Polaris (Missile)
    United States. Navy--Weapons systems.
    Lockheed Missiles and Space Company.
    Nuclear weapons.
    Engineers.