The Descriptive Finding Guide for the Edward Mele Personal Papers SDASM.SC.10096

Alan Renga
San Diego Air and Space Museum Library and Archives
2001 Pan American Plaza, Balboa Park
San Diego 92101

Language of Material: English
Contributing Institution: San Diego Air and Space Museum Library and Archives
Title: Edward Mele Personal Papers
Identifier/Call Number: SDASM.SC.10096
Physical Description: 0.2 Cubic Feet One Archival Box
Date (inclusive): 1930-1960
Abstract: Edward Mele Served in the 20th Air Force in the Second World War.

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open to researchers by appointment.

Conditions Governing Use

Some copyright may be reserved. Consult with the library director for more information.

Preferred Citation

[Item], [Filing Unit], [Series Title], [Subgroups], [Record Group Title and Number], [Repository “San Diego Air & Space Museum Library & Archives”]

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The materials in this Collection were donated to the San Diego Air and Space Museum.

Biographical / Historical

Edward C. Mele was born on December 21, 1915 and was raised in Louisiana. At age 25, he went to a night school in New Orleans for accounting. When he was 27 he entered full term service for the Air Force. He attended San Marcos Air Force field in New Mexico before being transferred to the South Pacific to become part of the 20th Air Force V H Bombardment. While deployed there, he also became separated from his command and later found his way back. On November 8th, 1945 he was honorably discharged from the military as a Master Sergeant of the 680th bomb squadron.

Scope and Contents

Documents, photos and charts in one archival box.

Related Materials

20th Air Force Files.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

680th Bomb Squadron
Boeing B-29 Superfortress
United States. Air Force. Air Force, 20th
Mele, Edward


Box 01


Folder 01:

Physical Description: 1. San Marcos Air Field Year Book

Folder 02: Army Certificates

Physical Description: 1. 3 Honorable Discharge Certificates 2. Separation Certificate

Folder 03: Air Field Papers

Physical Description: 1. 100 + Documents from various Air Force fields across the United States

Folder 04: Army Papers

Physical Description: 1. General Order form 2. Army Adjuster papers

Folder 05: Engineer Charts

Physical Description: 1. Operational Chart 2. Engineers Check List 3. Calibrated Air Speed Graph 4. Operational Chart 5. Personal Chart

Folder 06: Flight Records

Physical Description: 1. Folder of Edwards Flights – Tracked

Folder 07: Records

Physical Description: 1. Edwards Military Records

Folder 08: Awards and Photos

Physical Description: 1. Through Concentration Photo 2. Greeting Letter from USA 3. Flight Diploma 4. Certificate of Appreciation 5. B&W Photo with Friends

Folder 09: Dinner Party Photos

Physical Description: 1. 5 Photos at a Dinner Party

Folder 10: News Paper

Physical Description: 1. New Paper Article on “Cabin in the sky”

Folder 11: Magazines

Physical Description: 1. Two Magazines on the Air Force