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Veterans History Project Service Summary:

  • War or Conflict: World War, 1939-1945
  • Branch of Service: Army Air Forces/Corps
  • Unit of Service: 801st Bomb Group and 492nd Bomb Group, 8th Air Force
  • Location of Service: Santa Ana, and Victorville, California; Cherry Point, North Carolina; Harrington, England; Madly, Vivans, Roanne, and Annemasse, France; Washington, DC; European Theater
  • Highest Rank: Captain

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[ Certificate from the Republic of France honoring Mead with the Cité a l'Ordre de l'Armée ]
[ Letter from the French Secretary of Defense, Pierre Sezille, recognizing John Mead as eligible for a pension as a soldier of France. ]
[ ID card, "Carte du Combattant", identifying Mead as a veteran of French military service ]
[ Certificate mounted on board, honoring John B. Mead as a "soldier without uniform" in the French Armed Forces during the German occupation ]
[ Certificate mounted on board, appointing John B. Mead a Captain in the United States Air Force Reserve [6/22/1953] ]
[ War Department ID Card with photo and fingerprints of John B. Mead [11/21/1942] ]

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[ War Department ID Card with photo and fingerprints of John B. Mead [11/8/1944] ]
[ Army War Department Pilot and Crew Physical Record Card [1942-1943] ]
[ Special Orders Number 1 [4/2/1942] ]
[ Special Orders Number 6 [5/26/1942] ]
[ Honorable Discharge upon completion of training at Victorville Army Flying School [11/20/1942] ]
[ Certificate in lieu of lost or destroyed discharge certificate [11/20/1942] ]
[ Certificate upon completion of training as a Bombardier at Victorville Army Flying School [11/21/1942] ]
[ Memo appointing John B. Mead a 2nd Lieutenant in the Army Air Corps Reserves ]
[ Orders marked "Secret" assigning men to their planes [8/18/1943] ]
[ Orders sending Mead and another man to France [11/10/1944] ]
[ Orders assigning Mead to 492d Bomb Group [10/3/1944] ]
[ [Extract] Special Orders Number 292 [10/26/1944] ]
[ Special Orders Number 292, full memo [10/26/1942] ]
[ Certificate appointing John Mead a Captain in the Army [10/26/1944] ]
[ Assignment Recommendations [10/26/1944] ]
[ Orders marked "Secret" to John B. Mead [12/9/1944] ]
[ Special Orders Number 242 [12/14/1944] ]
[ Memorandum Number 2-15 [5/15/1945] ]
[ Military Record and Report of Separation ]
[ Certificate in lieu of lost or destroyed Certificate of Service [7/25/1945] ]
[ Reserve Orders Number B-503 [1/19/1962] ]
[ Honorable Discharge certificate [1/16/1962] ]
[ Memo to "All Concerned" reporting that John B. Mead was shot down over France and was participating in activities of the French Resistance [12/9/1944] ]
[ General Orders Number 50, Presentation of Awards [11/7/1944] ]
[ Memo, Award of the Air Medal and Oak Leaf Cluster [9/22/1943] ]
[ General Orders Number 531, Award of the Silver Star [12/10/1944] ]
[ Individual Flight Record ]
[ Memo from John Mead concerning a solution for aircraft engine fires [4/16/1945] ]
[ Unit History: "Operation Carpetbagger and Special Operations."by Roy Tebbutt ]
[ Memoir: "My Experience with the French Resistant Forces, World War II." ]
[ Memoir, "Report to Carpetbagger Reunion of October 1994." ]
[ Memoir: Personal Experience Story by John B. Meade, with remarks in red pencil ]
[ Letter in English and French to Mead from a French correspondent congratulating him on his promotion [Sept. 1, 1944] ]
[ Letter in English to Mead from a French correspondent [12/19/1945] ]
[ Letter in French to Mead from "Lt. Dédé" (Lt. Jules Postel-Pellerin) [10/5/1946] ]
[ Poem by Lt. Jules Postel-Pellerin ("Lt. Dédé" in other correspondence) , "La Ballade du Maquis" [7/14/1946] ]
[ Letter in French from Mr. Duranthon ("Gendarme Duranthon") to Mead, renewing their prior acquaintance [5/21/1946] ]
[ Letter from a French correspondent, writing in English, to Mead [1/1/1946] ]
[ Letter to "Dear Comrade Johnny" Mead from a French correspondent, writing in French [6/3/1946] ]
[ Typed letter to Johnny Mead from a French correspondent, written in English [8/15/1946] ]
[ Letter to Johnny Mead from a French correspondent named Christian, written in English [n.d.] ]
[ Telegram to Mrs. Dorothy Mead, Johnny Mead's wife, informing her that her husband has been reported missing in action over France [5/21/1944] ]
[ Two telegrams pasted together, one from Johnny Mead to his wife, Dorothy [9/10/1944] and another informing her that her husband has returned to duty after being reported MIA [9/28/1944] ]
[ Letter to John Mead from Joseph Genet, Roanne, France [8/12/1993] ]
[ Letter to John Mead from Guy Genet and his wife, Lieselotte, [7/20/1994] ]
[ Postcard from Mr. and Mrs. Guy Genet, Roanne, France [10/11/1994] ]
[ Greeting card and letter from Guy and Lieselotte Genet, Roanne, France [12/1994] ]
[ Greeting card and letter from Guy and Lieselotte Genet, Roanne, France [1/1995] ]
[ Greeting card and letter from Guy and Lieselotte Genet, Roanne, France [1997] ]
[ Christmas card from Guy and Lieselotte Genet, Roanne, France [1998] ]
[ Greeting card and letter from Guy and Lieselotte Genet, Roanne, France [n.d.] ]
[ Greeting card and letter from Guy and Lieselotte Genet, Roanne, France [n.d.] ]
[ Newspaper article about Mr. and Mrs. Genet, members of the French Resistance during WWII [6/27/1992] ]
[ Letter from John Mead to Odette Lyon, wife of Robert Lyon [10/15/1994] ]
[ Letter from Odette Lyon to John Mead [11/13/1994] ]
[ Letter from Deirdre Coleman-Paul-Albert to John Mead [11/21/1994] ]
[ Letter from Deirdre Coleman-Paul-Albert to John Mead [2/10/1995] ]
[ Letter from Odette Lyon to John Mead [12/20/1998] ]
[ Letter, in French, from Marinette Mandret to John Mead [1/26/1995] ]
[ Photocopy of a letter, in English and French, from John Mead to Marinette Mandret [2/14/1995] ]
[ Letter, in French, from Marinette Mandret to John Mead [3/13/1995] ]
[ Letter, in French, from Marinette Mandret to John Mead [5/1/1995] ]
[ Greeting card and letter, in English, from Marinette Mandret to John Mead [1996] ]
[ Greeting card and letter, in English, from Marinette Mandret to John Mead [12/25/1996] ]
[ Greeting card and letter, in English, from Marinette Mandret to John Mead [12/17/1998] ]
[ Greeting card and letter, in English, from Marinette Mandret to John Mead [n.d.] ]
[ Greeting card and letter, in English and French, from Marinette Mandret to John Mead [n.d.] ]
[ Greeting card and letter, in English, from Marinette Mandret to John Mead [1/31/2000] ]
[ Letter, in French, from Marinette Mandret to John Mead [9/15/2001] ]
[ Letter, in English, from Marinette Mandret to John Mead [1/25/2005] ]
[ Letter, in English, from Marinette Mandret to Mrs. Mead [6/6/2006] ]
[ Letter from John Slocum to John B. Mead [9/5/1945] ]
[ Photocopy of the false identity papers for John B. Mead, alias Jean Noel Dombret, called "Johnny." Also, a photocopy of a photo of "Jean Dombret" near Roanne, France [May 1944] ]

About this Item

Title

  • John Burleigh Mead Collection

Names

  • McRae, Elaine
  • Mead, John Burleigh

State of Birth

  • FL

Home State

  • LA

Headings

  • -  Mead, John Burleigh
  • -  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: 801st Bomb Group and 492nd Bomb Group, 8th Air Force
    • Location of Service: Santa Ana, and Victorville, California; Cherry Point, North Carolina; Harrington, England; Madly, Vivans, Roanne, and Annemasse, France; Washington, DC; European Theater
    • Highest Rank: Captain
    • Dates of Service: 1942-1945
    • Entrance into Service: Enlisted
    • Military Status: Veteran

Materials

  • Manuscript: Unit histories [1 item] -- Typewritten document (collected 1947)
  • Photograph: Photographic print [31 items] -- Photograph (collected 1942 - 1996)
  • Manuscript: Memoirs [2 items] -- Typewritten document (collected 1994)
  • Manuscript: Military papers (orders, personnel/201 files, etc) [47 items] -- Mixed (handwritten and typewritten documents) (collected 1942 - 1962)
  • Manuscript: Clippings [3 items] -- Typewritten document (collected 1944)
  • Manuscript: Correspondence [38 items] -- Mixed (handwritten and typewritten documents) (collected 1944 - 2005)
  • Manuscript: Civilian papers (certificates, forms, wills, etc) [4 items] -- Mixed (handwritten and typewritten documents) (collected 1944 - 2000)

Collection Number

  • AFC/2001/001/64741

Cite as

  • John Burleigh Mead Collection (AFC/2001/001/64741), 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.

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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:

Mcrae, Elaine, and John Burleigh Mead. John Burleigh Mead Collection. 1942. Personal Narrative. https://www.loc.gov/item/afc2001001.64741/.

APA citation style:

McRae, E. & Mead, J. B. (1942) John Burleigh Mead Collection. [Personal Narrative] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/afc2001001.64741/.

MLA citation style:

Mcrae, Elaine, and John Burleigh Mead. John Burleigh Mead Collection. 1942. Personal Narrative. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/afc2001001.64741/>.