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Series I: Recordings
Interview with Leonard J. Kovar, November 13, 2003, conducted by Coy F. Cross, II.
1 audio cassette
ID: AFC2001/001/33917 SR01
SR01: Topics covered include: training; first missions; being shot down; attempting to evade capture; captured by Hungarian civilians; turned over to Germans; interrogation; transport to Stalag III; food in prisoner of war (POW) camp; moving to new camp; liberation; end of war; returning home; post-war education and career.
BOX-FOLDER OVZ212/1For Lorraine, undated
1 sound disc
ID: AFC2001/001/33917 SR02
Digital content available
SR02: Record containing a recording of the song "Happy Birthday," sung by a group for the veteran's wife, Lorraine.
BOX-FOLDER OVZ212/2For Lorraine, undated
1 sound disc
ID: AFC2001/001/33917 SR03
Digital content available
SR03: Record containing a recording of the song "Oh My Darling, Clementine," sung by a group for the veteran's wife, Lorraine.
BOX-FOLDER OVZ211/1For Lloyd, 1945
1 sound disc
ID: AFC2001/001/33917 SR04
Digital content available
SR04: Record made by veteran during service with personal message to his friend Lloyd.
Series II: Computer Files
BOX FD22Computer File, 2003
1 computer disc
ID: AFC2001/001/33917 CF01
CF01: Electronic copy of interview transcript (print version is MS16).
Series III: Manuscripts
BOX-FOLDER MSS1077/1-2Civilian Papers, undated
2 folders
MS01: Baptism record, school report cards, Veterans Administration life insurance paperwork, high school yearbook.
BOX-FOLDER MSS1077/3Clippings, undated
1 folder
MS02: Clippings about units veteran served with, includes articles from Minneapolis newspapers about veteran's capture as a prisoner of war (POW) and eventual return.
BOX-FOLDER MSS1077/4-9Correspondence, 1943-1955
6 folders
MS03: Letters from the veteran to his family. Topics covered include: veteran's reaction to "washing out" of flight school (06/02/1943); veteran thanking his father for the gift of a hand-crafted knife he later used after being shot down; expressions of veteran's strong religious feelings; letters home from Stalag Luft III prison camp. See also Oversize.
BOX-FOLDER MSS1078/1-13Correspondence, 1943-1955
13 folders
MS03 continued
BOX-FOLDER MSS1079/1Correspondence, 1943-1955
1 folder
MS03 continued
BOX-FOLDER MSS1079/2-3Correspondence, 1939-1945
2 folders
MS04: Letters to the veteran from his family written while he was a prisoner in Stalag Luft III prison camp. See also Oversize.
BOX-FOLDER MSS1079/4-5Correspondence, 1942-1945
2 folders
MS05: Letters to the veteran from friends. See also Oversize.
BOX-FOLDER MSS1079/6-7Correspondence, 1944
2 folders
MS06: Letters between veteran's family and the families of other POW/MIA soldiers. See also Oversize.
BOX-FOLDER MSS1080/1Correspondence, 1945
1 folder
MS06 continued
BOX-FOLDER MSS1080/2Correspondence, 1943-1945
1 folder
MS07: Official military letters to veteran.
BOX-FOLDER MSS1080/3Correspondence, 1944-1945
1 folder
MS08: Letters from the veteran's friends to his family.
BOX-FOLDER MSS1080/4Creative Works, June 1945
1 folder
MS09: "I Was There," story about veteran's wartime experiences written by his mother, Verna Kovar, while he was on leave after being liberated from prison camp; includes a brief foreword by veteran.
BOX-FOLDER MSS1080/5Creative Works, undated
1 folder
MS10: Copy of a pencil drawing of veteran. See also Oversize.
BOX-FOLDER MSS1080/6Diaries and journals, 1944
1 folder
MS11: Veteran's diary 07/23/1944 - 08/17/1944.
BOX-FOLDER MSS1080/7Military Papers, 1943-1945
1 folder
MS12: Includes invitation to bombardier training graduation ceremony, list of names, personal affairs checklists, official personnel documents, training and expense reports. See also Oversize.
BOX-FOLDER MSS1080/8Mixed Manuscripts, undated
1 folder
MS13: POW/MIA related papers including newsletters, official information sent to family members, instructions on how to send packages to prisoners, information about local gatherings for families of POW/MIA soldiers. See also Oversize.
BOX-FOLDER OVZ286/7Periodicals, 1943-1955
1 folder
MS14: Various personal papers including Stamford Flying School newsletter, church mailing from First Congregational Church in Hardin, Montana.
BOX-FOLDER OVZ288/1Periodicals, May 29, 1945
1 folder
MS14: "Roosevelt Standard," Roosevelt High School newspaper.
BOX-FOLDER MSS1080/10-11Regimental/unit histories, undated
2 folders
MS15: Brochure on San Angelo Army Air Field Bombardier School; Silhouette Handbook of US Army Air Forces Airplanes.
BOX-FOLDER MSS1081/1-2Regimental/unit histories, undated
2 folders
MS15: "The Shack," 43-15 DR and 44-1 DR, training yearbook.
BOX-FOLDER MSS1081/3Transcript, November 13, 2003
1 folder
MS16: Transcript of interview SR01.
Series IV: Photographs
BOX-FOLDER MSS1081/4Original photographic prints, 1940-1953
1 folder
PH01-PH59: Images of Kovar and his crew, friends, published photographs with captions, family photographs.
Oversize Material
BOX-FOLDER OVZ286/1Correspondence, 1945
1 folder
MS03: Letters written while the veteran was a prisoner of war (POW).
BOX-FOLDER OVZ286/2Correspondence, 1944-1945
1 folder
MS04: Letters to the veteran from his family written while he was a prisoner in Stalag Luft III prison camp.
BOX-FOLDER OVZ286/3Correspondence, 1945
1 folder
MS05: Letters to the veteran from friends.
BOX-FOLDER OVZ286/4Correspondence, 1944
1 folder
MS06: Letters between veteran's family and the families of other POW/MIA soldiers.
BOX-FOLDER OVZ6/1Creative Works, undated
1 folder
MS10: Original pencil drawing of veteran, artist unknown.
BOX-FOLDER OVZ286/5Military Papers, 1943-1945
1 folder
MS12: Includes invitation to bombardier training graduation ceremony, list of names, personal affairs checklists, official personnel documents, training and expense reports.
BOX-FOLDER OVZ286/6Mixed Manuscripts, undated
1 folder
MS13: POW/MIA related papers including newsletters, official information sent to family members, instructions on how to send packages to prisoners, information about local gatherings for families of POW/MIA soldiers.

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