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Perdomo (Maj. Oscar F.) Personal Papers
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  • Conditions Governing Access
  • Conditions Governing Use
  • Preferred Citation
  • Immediate Source of Acquisition
  • Biographical / Historical
  • Scope and Contents
  • Related Materials

  • Language of Material: English
    Contributing Institution: San Diego Air and Space Museum Library and Archives
    Title: Oscar F. Perdomo Personal Papers
    Identifier/Call Number: SDASM.SC.10115
    Physical Description: 1.1 Cubic Feet The collection is housed in two separate boxes, one being a 5”x10.5”x15” standing box and a 3”x16.5”x21” flat box.
    Date (inclusive): 1919-1976
    Abstract: Major Oscar Perdomo flew a P-47 Thunderbolt with the 464th fighter squadron, 507th fighter Group USAAF in the Pacific Theater, where he became the last “Ace in a Day” of WWII.

    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

    Major Oscar Francis Perdomo was the son of Mexican immigrants, born on June 14, 1919 in El Paso, Texas. Five years after his birth, his family moved to California to the city of Los Angeles. After Perdomo received the required education, in February 1943, Perdomo entered the Army Air Forces (AAF) as an aviation cadet. He underwent training in Phoenix, Arizona, and Minter Field, California. After he graduated from flight school January 7, 1944, and briefly became one of the school’s instructors. Soon after, he requested to be sent into overseas service in World War II. At the Army Air Forces Basic Flight School at Chico, California, he underwent further training as a Republic P-47 Thunderbolt pilot. While on a sweep mission over Kyushu, Japan in 1945, in service with the 507th Fighter Group, he shot down five enemy planes in his Republic P-47 Thunderbolt, “Li’l Meatie’s Meat Chopper” (serial 44-88211), to become the last ace of World War II.
    After the war, he joined the Reserve and was recalled to active duty during the Korean War. He left military service in 1958 with the rank of Major. He passed away tragically on March 2, 1976. Among his decorations and awards were the Distinguished Service Cross, Silver Star, and Air Medal.

    Scope and Contents

    The collection is housed in two separate boxes, one being a 5”x10.5”x15” standing box and a 3”x16.5”x21” flat box. The collection has legal size documents and standard size documents. The materials in the collection are organized by the type of document and chronologically. The collection contains various military documents and correspondence, containing information about Major Oscar Francis Perdomo service and flight career during WWII. The collection also contains photographs, awards, and newspaper clippings.

    Related Materials

    02_Bio_Photo_corrected Oct 2012 (02_P-00168 – 02_P-00183) 507th Fighter Group, World War II, K. Perdomo Album (AL-059) Republic P-47 Thunderbolt photos (01_00002954 - 01_00003037)

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    507th Fighter Group
    Republic P-47 Thunderbolt
    World War, 1939-1945
    Korean War 1950-1953
    Pacific Theater
    Perdomo, Oscar F.