Veterans History Project Service Summary:

  • War or Conflict: World War, 1939-1945
  • Branch of Service: Army Air Forces/Corps
  • Unit of Service: 401st Bomb Squadron, 91st Bomb Group
  • Location of Service: Berlin, Germany; European Theater
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant

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[ Photo Album ]

More Resources

[ Letter from Donald Zahler to Lillian Zahler [December 27, 1943] ]
[ Letter from Donald Zahler to Edward Zahler [February 21, 1944] ]
[ Letter from Clyde V. Mason to Mrs. Zahler [July 3, 1945] ]
[ Letter from Lillian Porter to Clyde Mason [March 6, 1996] ]
[ Letter from Edward Zahler to Lillian [May 21, 1996] ]
[ Map detailing missions over Germany flown by Donald Zahler ]

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[ A report given concerning the death of Zahler; includes plane crash location South of Berlin, Germany; date when killed in action; and burial location in Trebbin, Germany. ]
[ "Directory Clyde Mason Crew," dated February 17, 1995, with handwritten notes ]

About this Item

Title

  • Donald C. Zahler Collection

Names

  • Zahler, Donald C.
  • Porter, Lillian

State of Birth

  • NY

Home State

  • NY

Headings

  • -  Zahler, Donald C.
  • -  World War, 1939-1945 -- Personal Narratives
  • -  United States. Army Air Forces/Corps.

Repository

  • Veterans History Project, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

Gender

  • Male

Status

  • Veteran

Service History

  • World War, 1939-1945

    • Branch of Service: Army Air Forces/Corps
    • Unit of Service: 401st Bomb Squadron, 91st Bomb Group
    • Location of Service: Berlin, Germany; European Theater
    • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
    • Dates of Service: ?-1944
    • Military Status: Veteran

Materials

  • Photograph: Copy photographic print [1 item] -- Photograph (collected 1943 - 1944)
  • Photograph: Original photographic print [20 items] -- Photograph (collected 1943 - 1996)
  • Photograph: Duplicate [1 item] -- Photograph (collected 1996)
  • Manuscript: Civilian papers (certificates, forms, wills, etc) [1 item] -- Typewritten document (collected 1944)
  • Manuscript: Printed matter [3 items] -- Mixed (handwritten and typewritten documents) (collected 1953 - 1996)
  • Manuscript: Clippings [1 item] -- Typewritten document (collected 08/22/1995)
  • Manuscript: Biographical information [1 item] -- Handwritten document (collected 1944)
  • Manuscript: Correspondence [6 items] -- Mixed (handwritten and typewritten documents) (collected 1943 - 1996)
  • Manuscript: Maps [2 items] -- Mixed (handwritten and typewritten documents) (collected 1944)

Collection Number

  • AFC/2001/001/112638

Cite as

  • Donald C. Zahler Collection (AFC/2001/001/112638), Veterans History Project, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

Online Format

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Additional Metadata Formats

IIIF Presentation Manifest

Rights & Access

Using VHP Material in Publication or Exhibition

The Veterans History Project (VHP) at the Library of Congress collects, preserves and makes accessible the firsthand recollections of U.S. military veterans who served from World War I through more recent conflicts and peacekeeping missions, so that future generations may hear directly from veterans and better understand what they saw, did and felt during their service. The Veterans History Project Collection includes oral histories along with documentary materials such as original letters, diaries, photographs, and memoirs.

Veterans and interviewers contribute these materials to the Library for scholarly and educational purposes, retaining any copyright they may hold. Therefore, permission must be obtained before using the interview or other materials in exhibition or publication. Researchers or others who would like to make further use of these materials should contact the Veterans History Project for assistance.

As a publicly supported institution, the Library generally does not own rights to material in its collections. Therefore, it does not charge permission fees for use of such material and cannot give or deny permission to publish or otherwise distribute material in its collections. Responsibility for making an independent legal assessment of an item from the Library’s collections and for securing any necessary permissions rests with persons desiring to use the item.

Please contact us with questions.

Obtaining Copies of VHP Materials

In order for VHP materials to be duplicated, we must receive written permission from the interviewee for you to obtain a copy of the recording unless the proposed use is limited to personal use, research, or other uses permissible by copyright law. If the interviewee is deceased, their next-of-kin may grant written permission.

Please contact VHP for assistance if you need to contact a veteran for permission to use their materials in exhibition or publication, or if you have received permission from the veteran and need access to high-resolution copies of VHP collection materials.

Citing VHP Materials

Please use the following formats when citing Veterans History Project materials (substituting the appropriate name and collection ID number).

Materials as a whole:

  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/xxxx), Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.

Manuscript material:

  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/xxxx), Memoirs (MS02), Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.
  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/xxxx), Transcript (MS04), Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.
  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/xxxx), Correspondence (MS01), Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.

Recording:

  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/xxxx), Audio recording (SR01), Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.
  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/xxxx), Video recording (MV01), Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.

Photograph:

  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/xxxx), Photographs (PH01), photographer unknown, Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.
  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/xxxx), Photographs (PH03-PH14), Ralph Williams photographer, Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.

Computer file:

  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/xxxx), Computer file (CF01), Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.

Artifact:

  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/xxxx), Artifact (AR01), Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.

Cite This Item

Citations are generated automatically from bibliographic data as a convenience, and may not be complete or accurate.

Chicago citation style:

Zahler, Donald C, and Lillian Porter. Donald C. Zahler Collection. 1944. Personal Narrative. https://www.loc.gov/item/afc2001001.112638/.

APA citation style:

Zahler, D. C. & Porter, L. (1944) Donald C. Zahler Collection. [Personal Narrative] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/afc2001001.112638/.

MLA citation style:

Zahler, Donald C, and Lillian Porter. Donald C. Zahler Collection. 1944. Personal Narrative. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/afc2001001.112638/>.