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''We All Had a Cause'': Kansas City's Bomber Plant, 1941-1945
The B-25 bomber was crucial to the war effort during World War II and many of these bombers were made in North American Aviation's Kansas City, Kansas facility. "This article describes the origin and development...
'The Old Guy with the Bikes' Wins Hearts in Martin City
March 9, 2013
Article announces that Ralph Martin will be the first recipient of the Martin City Community Humanitarian Award. A biography of Martin is provided. His experiences serving in the Pacific Theater of World...
A Brave Band of Brothers Finally Enjoys Some Long-Due Recognition
June 17, 2005
The few surviving members of the WWII Alamo Scouts, forerunners of the Army Special Forces Green Berets, gathered in Kansas City. Article tells of their secret missions behind enemy lines. Robert L. Shirkey,...
A Brief History of Manufacturing
Manuscript surveys the history of the Pratt & Whitney/Westinghouse plant in Kansas City, Missouri from 1942 through the 1990s, concentrating particularly on the war years. Numerous copies of photographs,...
A City At War: The Impact of the Second World War On Kansas City
A thesis toward a master's degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City (written by Fredrick Marcel Spletstoser, or Fredrick Spletstoser) on the impact of World War II on Kansas City, with information...
A Roof over Their Heads
Article about the canvases and related military fabric production done in Kansas City for the war effort.
A War's On, and 'Maybe I can Help': Her Job in '44-45 Was Inspecting Airplane Engines
During World War II, Molly Bean felt she needed to do something to help out. So she went to Pratt & Whitney, local company building engines for World War II aircraft. Article has photo of Molly Bean and...
AC22 Gilliam Family Collection Finding Aid
1939-1999 [Bulk: 1939-1947]
The Gilliam Family Collection contains correspondence and other documents and photographs concerning the personal lives of the Gilliam family between 1939 and 1947.
AC38 Lawrence R. Bearnes Collection Finding Aid
The Lawrence R. Bearnes Collection contains materials related to the 599th Field Artillery Battalion of the 92nd Infantry Division, stationed at Fort Huachuca, Arizona, in 1943.
Alcohol-for Rubber, Cylinders for Aircraft Engines, Brake Shoes for Rail Cars, and Tents for Army Hospitals : All Formed Part of the Kansas City War Effort in the 1940s
Article recounting the recycling of all sorts of products as part of the World War II effort.
Among Vets' Stories Are Tales of POW Camps
November 15, 2006
Article describes prisoner of war labor camps in western Missouri during World War II, which were located at Riverside, Orrick, Atherton, and Liberty. The author writes that the Atherton camp in Jackson...
An Interview With Herbert Fennel
Interviewer: Edward Scott. Interview recorded January 13, 1976. 1 sound cassette (ca. 60 minutes): analog, stereo.; 5 7/8 x 2 1/2 in., 1/8 in. tape; 1 sound disc; digital; 4 3/4 in. Has printed guide to...
An Interview With Julia Gutierrez
Interviewer: Irene Ruiz. Interview recorded September 27, 1978. 1 sound cassette (ca. 90 minutes): analog, stereo.; 5 7/8 x 2 1/2 in., 1/8 in. tape; 1 sound disc; digital; 4 3/4 in. Has typed guide to...
Area Veterans Recall Pearl Harbor Attack
December 1, 2010
Article featuring interviews with Jess Dunnagan, Jack Carson, and Dorwin Lamkin, area veterans who survived the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. Dunnagan, Carson, and Lamkin detail their experiences...
B-25 Bombers at Fairfax
Harry Desko and wife Alice give a short overview of their work at the plant in the Fairfax district in Kansas City, Kansas, where the B-25 Bombers were built during World War II.
Benton Goes to War
Article about Thomas Hart Benton's paintings commissioned during World War II serving as propaganda and intended "to 'wake up the middle west to the grimness of our national situation,'" with photos of...
Bert's Beat: WWII Italian POWs Once Held in KC Area
File containing article about the Italian prisoners of World War II held in the Kansas City area.
Biography of Harold "Hal" Boyle (1911-1974), Journalist
Black Soldiers Played Key Roles in America's Battles
November 6, 2009
Article tells the story of James H. Jones who served in the 761st Tank Battalion, 3rd Army under General Patton and fought in the Battle of the Bulge. Sergeant Warren G. H. Crecy who was nominated for...
Book Your Travel via the Reading Route
Photo (of the interior of the 9th Street Main Library), table (of "books used in the Kansas City display" of World War II issues), and article about the Kansas City Public Library's world geography display...
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