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Box 1 of 2


Series I: Correspondences


Folder 1 -- Correspondence - Employment in China

Physical Description: Correspondence to/from General Chennault and others regarding employment in China, March 2, 1948 - October 27, 1948.

Folder 2 -- Letters of Recommendation

Physical Description: 1. Various typed letters of recommendation, 10/25/1934 - 11/7/1945.

Folder 3 -- Correspondence - AAHS Journal Article, AVG

Physical Description: Handwritten and typed correspondence to/from James J. Sloan, George L. Paxton, Jr., William Wagner regarding AAHS Journal article on AVG, 1970 - 1973.

Folder 4 -- Correspondence: Walter Pentecost Personal Letters

Physical Description: Collection of handwritten and typed correspondence to and from Walter Pentecost, 4/3/1942 - 9/11/1942.

Folder 5 -- Miscellaneous Correspondence

Physical Description: 1. Handwritten letter to Walter Pentecost regarding former Flying Tiger Charles W. Sawyer, and Pentecost's response. 2. Letter regarding use of photos for a book by Robert M. Smith on the Flying Tigers. 3. List of Flying Tiger members, deceased members, and prisoner's of war. 4. Pamphlet for book, "A Flying Tiger's Diary," by Charles R. Bond, Jr., and Terry H. Anderson. 5. Other miscellaneous correspondence and documents.

Folder 6 -- Museum Correspondence

Physical Description: 1. National Air and Space Museum letters. 2. San Diego Air & Space Museum letters, and donor documents. 3. Certificate, The Air Force Museum Foundation, Inc. Friends of the United States Air Force Museum.

Series II: Documents


Folder 7 -- Interviews

Physical Description: Typed interview with Walter Pentecost, April 27, 1942, with background on personal involvement and mention of Claire Chennault. 2. Typed interview with Walter Pentecost, June 7, 1969, "The American Volunteer Group in Burma and China, 1941-1942," interview conducted by James J. Sloan.

Folder 8 -- Vultee Aircraft, Inc. Employment Agreement

Physical Description: Employment agreement with Vultee Aircraft, Inc., January 12, 1943 (12 pages).

Folder 9 -- Employment and Military Records

Physical Description: 1. Resume of Walter W. Pentecost. 2. Selective Service Permit to Depart from the United States. 3. Thiokol Trip Logs, showing locations and people, 1959 - 1961. 4. Miscellaneous correspondence - U.S. Military. Resume of Walter W. Pentecost. 2. Selective Service Permit to Depart from the United States. 3. Thiokol Trip Logs, showing locations and people, 1959 - 1961. 4. Miscellaneous correspondence - U.S. Military.

Folder 10 -- Personal Daily Calendar

Physical Description: Handwritten daily calendar mounted on board, 5/11/1941 - 12/3/1941, pilot and ship notes.

Folder 11 -- Ferry Pilot Forms - Aircraft Record of Reception

Physical Description: 1. Multiple records of reception, The Intercontinent Corporation, September 4, 1941 - November 28, 1941.

Folder 12 -- Aircraft Service Logs, Maintenance & Operational Procedures

Physical Description: 1. Three small notebooks, Walter Pentecost, Line Supervisor, Intercontinent Corp., 1941. 2. Miscellaneous maintenance and procedures documents.

Folder 13 -- Maps and Blueprints

Physical Description: 1. Foldout color map of India and adjacent countries, 1932. 2. Black & white map mounted on canvas board of Burma. 3. Black & white foldout map of Burma, 1941. 4. Comprehensive sketch of Loiwing and Pangkham, China. 5. Blueprint, Building Progress Map of 1940.

Box 2 of 2


Series III: Newspapers


Folder 1 -- News Clippings

Physical Description: 1. Miscellaneous news clippings regarding AVG-Flying Tigers and Walter Pentecost, aeronautical engineer (sleeved).

Series IV: Articles / Periodicals


Folder 2 -- Article, "Advance of the Flying Tigers"

Physical Description: 1. Article, "Advance of the Flying Tigers," Walter E. Pentecost and James J. Sloan, AAHS Journal, Summer 1970 (2 copies and 1 page proof).

Folder 3 -- Walter Pentecost Publications, AVG (#1 of 2)

Physical Description: 1. Untitled article, cover page starts, "Expansions on the first ten pages ...," author not identified (7 typed pages, 2 copies). 2. Untitled article, first page starts, "Colonel Chennault and the Chinese ...," author not identified (10 pages). 3. Script for "Double or Nothing" radio program with Walter Pentecost, by William Esty & Company, July 31, 1942 (19 pages). 4. Typewritten Service School Broadcast regarding Flying Tigers, Walter Pentecost, September 2, 1942. 5. Article, "Here Come the Flying Tigers," Walter Pentecost, as told to Alan Hynd, Liberty magazine, July 25, 1942. 6. Manuscript draft, "Flying Tigers," Walter Pentecost, in collaboration with Alan Hynd.

Folder 4 -- Walter Pentecost Publications, AVG (#2 of 2)

Physical Description: 1. Article, "Those Amazing Flying Tigers," Major Franklin Hibel, Air Training magazine. 2. Booklet, "Americans Valiant and Glorious," history of Flying Tigers and pilot profiles (2 copies). 3. Article, "U.S. Tigers Claw Japs," Air Forces News Letter, February 1942. 4. Article, "China Tiger," Colonel C. H. "Link" Laughlin, USMCR(Ret), Naval Aviation Museum Foundation, Spring 1983. 5. Article, "Tiger in the Sky," Mike Minnich, Air Enthusiast, No. 4, 1970, plus letter to Walter Pentecost responding to his protest that Minnich used his copyrighted material. 6. Fragment of article by Tye M. Lett, Jr., first page titled "We Learned War Maintenance With The AVG." 7. Article, "Assembling and Testing P-40s in Burma," Byron A. Glover, source not listed. 8. Untitled typed 5-page article, first line reads, "Some interesting highlights ..." (2 copies) 9. Handwritten flight log. 10. Miscellaneous correspondence related to articles.

Folder 5 -- Notes for AVG Book

Physical Description: 1. Notes for possible Flying Tigers book.

Series V: Photographs


Folder 6 - Photographs

Physical Description: 1. Two small black & white pictures of Walter Pentecost.

Folder 7 -- Log Book of Photo Negatives

Physical Description: 1. Walter Pentecost Picture Negative File Book.

Series VI: Miscellaneous


Folder 8 -- Souvenirs

Physical Description: 1. Currency, French Indochina, Brazil, Hong Kong, India. 2. Assortment of hotel and luggage tags, Singapore, Rangoon, Brazil, Manila, etc. 3. Stickers, Convair, 498th Fighter Interceptor Squadron, Geiger Tigers. 4. Motor vehicle license, Burma, to Walter Pentecost, 1941. 5. Greeting card, Bombay. 6. Airline ticket, Pan American Airways, Khartoum to Lagos. 7. Pass, Intercontinent Corporation Engineer pass, Walter Pentecost. 8. Raceing program, Rangoon Turf Club. Governor’s Cup Day, season 1941-42. 9. Steamship ticket, Matson Line, one-way 1st class, Los Angeles to Honolulu, 1941. 10. Souvenir passenger list, Matson Line, S.S. Matsonia, 1941. 11. Undated/signed flight route, on colored map of the world. 12. Form BX, “for passengers disembarking at Indian Ports bringing in Currency Notes other than Bank of England Notes, the Import of which is restricted” in the amount of U.S. 500. 13. Anderson Public Schools Vocational Department, Pattern Making course, to Walter Pentecost, 1931. 14. Silver Wings Fraternity, “Aviation Pathfinders” Life Member, Walter Pentecost, 1927. 15. 14th Air Force Association member in good standing certificate, 1956. 16. Colored chart, “Insignia of the U.S. Navy and related Services.”