This collection is comprised of material that documents the
military career and personal life of Arthur C. Harmon, a Lieutenant Colonel of the
United States Air Force who trained at Tuskegee Army Air Field during World War II.
It contains items collected or created by Harmon regarding United States military
history including that of the Tuskegee Airmen, African American history, and
Tuskegee Airmen, Inc. Military service records, correspondence, certificates, flight
manuals, pilot supplies, clothing, newspaper clippings, videotapes, books, patches,
photographs, and other material are included.
Arthur C. Harmon was born in Topeka, Kansas on June 26, 1925 and raised in Los
Angeles, California. As a young child, Harmon became captivated by aviation through
radio programs such as the Air Adventures of Jimmie Allen and model airplane
building. He also showed an early interest in music and at the age of seventeen
became a member of the local Musicians Union. In 1943, Harmon decided to pursue his
childhood dream of becoming a pilot and joined the United States Army Air Corps. He
trained at the Tuskegee Army Air Field and graduated from class TE-45-G as a Second
Lieutenant on October 16, 1945. Upon graduation, he was assigned to the 617th Medium
Bombardment Squadron of the 477th Composite group as a pilot. This group never saw
action in World War II as Japan surrendered before their training was complete and
the group was disbanded on July 1, 1947.
10.5 linear feet
(3 document boxes, 1 half-size document box, 2 record storage boxes, 2 flat
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Special Collections & Archives. All requests for permission to publish or quote
from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Head of Special Collections
& Archives. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Regents of the
University of California as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to
include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by
The collection is open for research.