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Nicklas, Douglass R. (Second World War and Korean War correspondence)
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  • Contributing Institution: Center for American War Letters Archives
    Title: Douglass R. Nicklas Second World War and Korean War correspondence
    Creator: Douglass Nicklas (Douglass R. Nicklas)
    source: Diane Nicklas
    Identifier/Call Number: 2018.068.w.r
    Physical Description: .5 Linear Feet (12 folders)
    Date (inclusive): 1942 - 1998
    Abstract: This collection contains personal correspondence and records of LtCol. Douglass R. Nicklas, USAAF during the Second World War and the Korean War.
    Language of Material: English .
    Container: WWII 59
    Container: 1-12
    Container: 1-12

    Conditions Governing Access

    This collection is open for research.

    Immediate Source of Acquisition

    Gift of Diane Nicklas


    This collection is arranged by material type and date. Original order was preserved as much as possible.
    • Series 1, Personal correspondence
    • Series 2, Service records and orders
    • Series 3, Pilot records - Individual Flight Records
    • Series 4, Pilot records - certificates, exams, orders, communications
    • Series 5, Retired Reserve documents and correspondence
    • Series 6, Retired Reserve records and orders
    • Series 7, Diplomas and course certificates
    • Series 8, Air Reserve Notes newsletter and 366th Fighter Group Reunion program
    • Series 9, Discharge documents
    • Series 10, Insignia patches
    • Series 11, U.S. Army Presidential Unit Citation
    • Series 12, Obituary

    Biographical / Historical

    Lieutenant Colonel Douglass R. Nicklas, United States Army (7/20/1923 - 8/11/1998) studied psychology at the University of Maryland before he entered active service in Army on March 12, 1944, five days before he married "Kitty" on March 17. He served in the European Theater of Operations as a fighter pilot flying P-47s, conducting bomber, escort, strafing, and column cover missions. After the war, he continued his studies and earned a bachelor's degree in psychology at Maryland and a master's in experimental psychology from the University of Illinois. He was then recalled from the Air Force Reserve during the Korean War and remained in the US training pilots to fly P-51 fighters. He worked a long career as a human factors psychologist in the field of ergonomics, and passed away at his home in Oxnard at 75 years old.
    LA Times obituary - http://articles.latimes.com/1998/aug/17/local/me-14002

    Content Description

    This collection contains personal correspondence from LtCol. Douglass R. Nicklas, USA to his parents and brother during the Second World War. Also included are insignia, citations, military orders, correspondence, flight records, certifications, commendations, and discharges relating to Nicklas' war service and subsequent reserve service.

    Conditions Governing Use

    There are no restrictions on the use of this material except where previously copyrighted material is concerned. It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain all permissions. For further copyright information, please contact the archivist.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    World War (1939-1945)
    Correspondence -- World War, 1939-1945
    Korean War, 1950-1953.
    United States -- Army -- Air Forces
    World War, 1939-1945 -- Aerial operations, American
    Diane Nicklas