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Richard Dzwigalski papers

 Collection — Box: 1, Folder: SPEC 044
Identifier: SPEC-044

Scope and Contents

This collection includes photocopies of cards, cartoons, certificates, photographs and the military records of Richard Dzwigalski, member of the 376th Heavy Bombardment Group, during World War II (1944-1945).


  • 1944-1945

Language of Materials

Materials entirely in English.

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Literary rights, including copyright resides with the creators of the documents or their legal heirs and assigns. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Archives and Special Collections. The publisher must also obtain permission of the copyright holder.

Biographical Note

Richard Dzwigalski was born in River Rouge, Michigan on February 25, 1925. He was drafted into the United States Army Air Corp in 1943. He graduated from armament school at Lowry Field in Denver, Colorado, gunnery school in Harlingen, Texas, and was assigned to a B-24 crew. The crew was assigned to the 512th squadron of the 376th Heavy Bombardment Group in Bari, Italy during late summer 1944. He served as a ball turret gunner and armament gunner until the end of the war in Europe and was given an honorable discharge. After being discharged, Dzwigalski moved to Sacramento, California and obtained work at an airfield rebuilding engines for military and commercial aircraft. He later returned to Michigan and worked for a trucking company until retirement.


0.1 Cubic Feet (1 folder)


This collection is arranged by subject.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Archives and Special Collections as a donation from Richard Dzwigalski on 2008/02/07.


No further additions are expected.

Related Materials

Materials relating to this collection may be found in the following collections in Archives and Special Collections, Ball State University Libraries, Muncie IN:

V 259: 376th Heavy Bombardment Oral Histories

SPEC 37: Richard W. Ulbrich Papers

SPEC 39: Charles Dyas Diary

SPEC 40:Charles Andrews Military Record and Memoir

SPEC 41: Harold Anthony Niner Family Papers

SPEC 50: William G. Dunn Flight Navigation Logs

An oral history interview with Richard Dzwigalski is available online through the Ball State University Libraries' Digital Media Repository at

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2009/08/06 by Maren L. Read. Finding aid created 2009/08/06 by Maren L. Read. EAD finding aid created 2009/08/06 by Maren L. Read. EAD finding aid revised 2012/11/15 by Stephen Jones.

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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Repository

Alexander M. Bracken Library
2000 W. University Avenue
Muncie Indiana 47306 USA