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Table of contents What's This?
  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Processing History
  • Biographical Note
  • Collection Scope and Contents
  • Collection Arrangement
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Charles E. McGee papers
    Date (inclusive): 1942-2009, undated
    Date (bulk): 1950-1970
    Collection Number: MS 272
    Creator: McGee, Charles E.
    Extent: 1.51 linear feet (4 boxes)
    Repository: Rivera Library. Special Collections Department.
    Riverside, CA 92517-5900
    Abstract: This collection contains memorandums, special orders, correspondence, administrative records, and other material pertaining to Charles E. McGee, retired Colonel from the United States Air Force who compiled nearly 30 years of service and a record of 409 aerial fighter combat missions. Includes personnel, financial, and flight records documenting McGee's military career. A photograph of McGee and his military dress jacket are also included.
    Languages: The collection is in English.

    Access

    This collection is open for research.

    Publication Rights

    Copyright Unknown: Some materials in these collections may be protected by the U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.). In addition, the reproduction, and/or commercial use, of some materials may be restricted by gift or purchase agreements, donor restrictions, privacy and publicity rights, licensing agreement(s), and/or trademark rights. Distribution or reproduction of materials protected by copyright beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. To the extent other restrictions apply, permission for distribution or reproduction from the applicable rights holder is also required. Responsibility for obtaining permissions, and for any use rests exclusively with the user

    Preferred Citation

    [identification of item], [date if possible]. Charles E. McGee papers (MS 272). Special Collections & University Archives, University of California, Riverside.

    Acquisition Information

    Gift of Charles E. McGee, 2015.

    Processing History

    Processed by Alysia Thind and Bianca Lisek, Student Processing Assistants, 2015.
    Processing of the Charles E. McGee papers was completed by undergraduate students from the University of California, Riverside as part of the Special Collections & University Archives Backlog Processing Project started in 2015. This project was funded by the UCR Library and administered by Bergis Jules, University and Political Papers Archivist, and Eric Milenkiewicz, Manuscripts Curator.

    Biographical Note

    Charles E. McGee was born in Cleveland, Ohio on December 7, 1919. His father was a social worker, minister, and teacher, causing their family to move around often during his childhood. In 1942, McGee was in the process of obtaining his degree in engineering at the University of Illinois. However, soon after World War II began McGee enlisted in the United States Army and began his service on October 26, 1942. After graduating from flight school McGee was stationed in Italy where he proceeded to fly 136 missions during World War II. He returned to Tuskegee, Alabama in 1944 where he took post as a twin engine instructor. By the end the 1950, the Korean War had broken out and McGee was now flying planes out of the Philippines, where he was stationed as a Base Operations Officer. He flew 100 low level bombing and strafing missions during the Korean War. In 1953, he graduated from the Air Command and Staff College at Maxwell Air Force Base. A few years later McGee was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel, causing his wife and three children to relocate with him across the United States and abroad throughout the next several years. In 1967, when the Vietnam War broke out, McGee was once again deployed and flew 173 missions. In 1969, McGee was promoted to the rank of Colonel and on January 31, 1973 he retired from the United States Air Force compiling nearly 30 years of service and a record of 409 aerial fighter combat missions.

    Collection Scope and Contents

    This collection contains memorandums, special orders, correspondence, administrative records, and other material pertaining to Charles E. McGee's military service, and more generally to the Tuskegee Airmen. Includes personnel, financial, and flight records documenting McGee's nearly thirty year career in the United States military. A photograph of McGee and his military dress jacket are also included.

    Collection Arrangement

    This collection is arranged into three series as follows:
    • Series 1. Military documents, 1942-1973
    • Series 2. Administrative records, 1968-2009
    • Series 3. Photographs and artifacts, undated

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.

    Subjects

    United States. Army Air Forces. Fighter Squadron, 99th
    United States. Army Air Forces. Fighter Group, 332nd
    World War, 1939-1945

    Genres and Forms of Materials

    Correspondence
    Documents
    Financial records