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Series I: Recordings
BOX VHS395 Interview with Catherine V. Bridge, August 5, 2005
1 VHS
ID: AFC2001/001/34233 MV01
MV01: Interview with Catherine V. Bridge about her activities in the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) program and the veteran's service.
Series II: Manuscripts
BOX-FOLDER MSS2207/1 Biography, undated
1 folder
MS08: Account of the veteran's World War II experiences in the Central Pacific written by his wife, Catherine V. Bridge; Topics covered include: enlisted in the Army Air Force after graduating college; deferred while taking Advanced Civilian Pilot Training Program; "called up" after finishing program; sent to San Francisco and eventually the Pacific; relieved not to be going to Europe; flew P-36 and Curtis P-40k; wrote often; excerpts from veteran's letters to his wife and mother; practiced combat flying; became very good at bombing missions; close calls landing and taking off from carriers; discussion of the importance of controlling the Pacific; friendship with George Dunlap; "Pineapple Air Force"; shot down on a mission in the ocean; saved by his fellow pilots; came home on leave to get married; instructor in Hawaii training new fighter pilots; discussion of training "yard birds" to become fighter pilots; change to P-51 Mustangs; commentary on backing up Marine island invasions; description and censorship of missions; excerpts from the veteran's letters; bad weather and its affect on losing planes; discussion of the atomic bomb and its affect on the war and Japanese nation; return to America; stationed in Texas; decision to resign or stay in the military; appendix of resources; recollection by George Dunlap about Jack Thomas; includes photographs and a summary of veteran's post-war service in the Air Force reserves.

MS09: Account of veteran's experiences with the California National Guard written by his wife, Catherine V. Bridge; Topics covered include: joined the 196th Fighter Squadron; flew T-33 and F-80C the "Shooting Star"; called to active duty in October 1950, during Korean War; unhappy about change of location and command; volunteered to participate in "Greenhouse" project; patrolled skies during atomic testing for signs of Soviet activity; excerpts from letters describing surveillance missions while stationed in Eniwetok atoll; commentary on being exposed to radiation; letter received from the Air Force about Greenhouse Project and radiation; family life.

MS10: Account of veteran's experiences in the Korean War and in Japan, written by his wife, Catherine V. Bridge; Topics covered include; background on the Korean War; traveled on the Sitka to Yokohama, Japan; commentary on commander's ambition and use of the 196th Fighter Group; request to return home was turned down; moved to 45th Infantry Division; coordinated practice mock attacks; sent to Korea in 1952; returned without any loses or damages; received orders to return home; federal military ended and civilian career began; bought a citrus farm.
BOX-FOLDER OVZ136/1 Book, 1942
1 folder
MS03: Hawaiian Life As Seen Through the Lenses of Hawaii's Cameramen.
BOX-FOLDER MSS1659/1 Book, 1990
1 folder
MS04: The Pineapple Air Force: Pearl Harbor to Tokyo, by John W. Lambert (1990).
BOX-FOLDER MSS1659/2 Book, 1947
1 folder
MS05: Wings Over the Pacific: The Seventh Air Force presented in an album of photographs of its men and bases, its planes and targets, edited by Stewart Fern and Lee Fern (1947).
BOX-FOLDER MSS2207/2 Book, 1982
1 folder
MS11: The Long Campaign: The History of the 15th Fighter Group in World War II, by John W. Lambert.
BOX-FOLDER MSS2207/3 Book, 1978
1 folder
MS12: Seventh Air Force Story, by Kenn C. Rust.
BOX-FOLDER MSS2207/4-5 Book, undated
2 folders
MS13-MS14: Two copies of Ceiling and Visibility Unlimited (CAVU), by the class of 42-G United States Army Air Corps.
BOX-FOLDER MSS2207/6 Civilian Papers, October 1982
1 folder
MS15: Farewell address by veteran to the City of Rancho Cucamonga City Council (10/1982).

MS16: Handwritten notecards for Farewell address by veteran to the City of Rancho Cucamonga City Council (10/1982).

MS17: Copy of MS15: Farewell address by veteran to the City of Rancho Cucamonga City Council (10/1982).

MS18: Veteran's resume (undated).
BOX-FOLDER MSS1659/3 Clippings, May 8, 1945
1 folder
MS06: "Convoy to Tokyo: Mustang pilots had a personal grudge against the Japs which they settled on the first escort flight to Tokyo," by Staff Sergeant Tom Hall and Sergeant Roger Angell.
BOX-FOLDER MSS2207/7 Clippings, 1945-1996
1 folder
MS19: copy MS06: "Convoy to Tokyo: Mustang pilots had a personal grudge against the Japs which they settled on the first escort flight to Tokyo," by Staff Sergeant Tom Hall and Sergeant Roger Angell.

MS20: "Local veterans recall victory over Japan today 40 years ago," Daily Report (04/15/1985).

MS21: "Air Guard to arrive tomorrow," Daily Report (08/18/1961).

MS22: "Pacific war dates--from Pearl Harbor to end," Los Angeles Times (08/15/1945).

MS23: copy of MS21: "Pacific war dates--from Pearl Harbor to end," Los Angeles Times (08/15/1945).

MS24: Map of Pacific of major and secondary fleet and air bases, Los Angeles Times (undated).

MS25: "Battle: U.S., Japanese Vets Return to Iwo," Los Angeles Times (02/20/1985).

MS26: "The Marshalls: Another step on the road to Tokyo," by Admiral William V. Pratt, Los Angeles Times (undated).

MS27: Map of Marshall Islands, by Charles H. Owens, Los Angeles Times (undated).

MS28: "Officials work on plan to open Midway atoll," Inland Valley Daily Bulletin (undated).

MS29: "The island that time forgot," by Pete Thomas, Los Angeles Times (12/21/1996).

MS30: "War of Words" by James Risen, Los Angeles Times (12/19/1994).
BOX-FOLDER MSS2207/8 Correspondence, April 4, 1951
1 folder
MS31: Letter to veteran from his mother (04/04/1951).
BOX-FOLDER MSS2207/9 Diaries and journals, 1941-1943
1 folder
MS72: Pilot's flight log from 03/10/1941-04/29/1943.
BOX-FOLDER MSS2207/10 Diaries and journals, 1941
1 folder
MS32: Student pilot rating book from Pomona College (1941).
BOX-FOLDER MSS2208/1 Diaries and journals, 1941
1 folder
MS33: Student pilot rating book from University of California (1941).
BOX-FOLDER MSS2208/2 Map, undated
1 folder
MS34: Map of Japan with veteran's duty stations marked.
BOX-FOLDER MSS1092/1 Memoir, undated
1 folder
MS01: A manuscript by George Hunter, a member of the 45th Fighter Squadron, on the first fighter escort mission of B29 bomber aircraft to Japan by his squadron on 4/7/1945.
BOX-FOLDER MSS2208/3-7 Military Papers, 1941-1984
5 folders
MS35: Original memos regarding the veteran's rate of pay (08/29/1952-02/27/1957).

MS36: Copies of memos regarding the veteran's application for, acceptance in, missions, service and separation with the California National Guard, Separation qualification record, military record; original copy of appointment to California National Guard, and promotions and assignments (07/20/1942-01/02/1948).

MS37: Completion of training certificate (12/12/1950); meritorious service award (undated); ten year service award certificate (01/28/1954); federal service ribbon (undated); certificate of rank (05/28/1958); certificate of rank (09/04/1947); certificate of rank (12/24/1947); certificate of rank (07/10/1952).

MS38: Photocopy of cover of personal records folder which originally housed MS35-MS37.

MS39: Photocopy of cover of personal records folder which originally housed MS40-MS44.

MS40: Original memos regarding veteran's special orders (1950); copy of special orders (1950).

MS41: Original special orders (1943-1947).

MS42: Original special orders (1951-1952).

MS43: Original personnel orders and actions (1951-1957).

MS44: Original military status (1942-1955).

MS45: Copies of special orders (1942-1945).

MS46: Memo regarding veteran's retirement and benefits (12/15/1976).

MS47: Letter from the Air Force regarding veteran's participation in Project Greenhouse, nuclear testing in the Pacific (01/18/1984).

MS48: Letter from Major General Glen Ames regarding veteran's retirement (07/23/1968).

MS49: Letter thanking veteran for participating in a Department of Defense oral history interview (02/15/1980); letter asking veteran to participate in Department of Defense oral history interview (undated).

MS51: Two copies of communication reading "airraid on Pearl Harbor x this is no drill" (12/07/1941).

MS52: Two copies of veteran's enlistment record (12/16/1941).

MS53: Copy of military record and report of separation; certificate of honorable discharge (08/04/1942); copy of certificate of honorable discharge (08/04/1942); medical recommendation for flying duty (02/10/1975)

MS54: Application for retired pay benefits and paperwork (1977).

MS55: Copy of air medal notice of award (03/28/1944); duplicates of MS37: completion of training certificate (12/12/1950); meritorious service award (undated); ten year service award certificate (01/28/1954); federal service ribbon (undated); certificate of rank (05/28/1958); certificate of rank (09/04/1947); certificate of rank (12/24/1947); certificate of rank (07/10/1952).
BOX-FOLDER OVZ181/1 Military Papers, 1942-1971
1 folder
MS50: Veteran's individual flight records [1950]-1971; 1955-1959; 1942-1955.
BOX-FOLDER MSS2208/8 Periodical, 1989-2004
1 folder
MS56: Sunsetter's Gazette (02/1989); Sunsetter's Gazette (08/1989); Lightning Strikes (05/1993); 20th Air Force Association Newsletter (2003-2004).
BOX-FOLDER MSS1659/4 Printed Matter, November 10, 1943
1 folder
MS07: Pilot's flight operating instruction, Army Models P-51B-1, P-51B-5, and P-51C-1 airplanes, British model Mustang III.
BOX-FOLDER MSS2208/9 Printed Matter, 1943-1996
1 folder
MS57: Awards and decorations page from Air Force Magazine (05/1996).

MS58: Two copies of "Chapter 13 - Baker Island" from an unknown source (undated).

MS59: Two copies of an excerpt, "45th Fighter" from unknown source (undated).

MS60: Subject bibliography of military history from U.S. Government Printing Office (06/25/1993).

MS61: Ephemera with cartoons about Army paperwork on one side and "You Never Know" campaign reminding soldiers not to talk about military matters (undated).

MS62: Story by Glenn Woodfin describing Japanese attack on the west coast of the United States after the attack on Pearl Harbor (06/1995).

MS64: "The Marshall Islands" by unknown author, describing the history and culture of the region (undated).

MS65: Two copies of an article published in a newsletter about the Battle of Palmdale, by Marv Bridges (undated).
BOX-FOLDER OVZ184/1 Printed Matter, undated
1 folder
MS63: Poster of military medals (undated).
BOX-FOLDER MSS2208/10 Regimental/unit histories, undated
1 folder
MS66: Two copies of "History of the 163rd Fighter Group" by unknown.

MS67: "All this had led to", history of 196th Fighter Squadron by unknown.

MS68: Description of 45th Fighter Squadron markings on P-51 Mustang jets.
BOX-FOLDER MSS2209/1-3 Regimental/unit histories, 1944
1 folder
MS69: 7th Air Force fighters in Marshall Campaign (01/04/1944-03/11/1944).
BOX-FOLDER MSS2209/4 Regimental/unit histories, 1941-1989
1 folder
MS70: Air Force and California Guard rosters (1941-1989).
BOX-FOLDER OVZ181/2 Regimental/unit histories, undated
1 folder
MS71: 45th Fighter Squadron confidential packet, includes missions, maps and roster (undated).
BOX-FOLDER MSS1092/2 Transcript, January 18, 1980
1 folder
MS02: Air National Guard Oral History Interview: Arthur H. Bridge, Col, CAANG (RET). A transcript of an interview with the veteran by Staff Sergeant Theresa Bruce, historian of the 163rd Tactical Air Support Group, about the veteran's career in the Air Force and the California Air National Guard.
Series II: Photographs
BOX-FOLDER MSS1659/5 Photographic Print, undated
1 folder
PH06: Planes flying in formation.
BOX-FOLDER MSS2209/6 Photographic Print, 1943-1989
1 folder
PH356: Bridge standing by a plane (undated).

PH357: Planes in formation, text on photo, "78th Fighter Squadron, Midway Island, Feb. 1943".

PH358: 45th Fighter Squadron reunion, pilots and their wives (undated).

PH359-PH360: Group photograph from the 45th Fighter Squadron reunion in San Diego (1989).

PH361: Bridge and another pilot on the P-40 "Miss Cappy," named after Catherine Vail Bridge [1943-1944].
BOX-FOLDER MSS1092/3 Digital Prints, 1944-1972
1 folder
PH01: A portrait of veteran in uniform, Hawaii (1944).

PH02: An image of veteran's medals and unit insignia in a shadow box (1972).

PH03: Veteran (left) and two members of the 45th Fighter Squadron standing next to a P41 aircraft, Hawaii (1944).

PH04: Veteran (left) and Bob Love standing in front of a F80 aircraft of the 196th Fighter Squadron, Enewetak Atoll, Marshall Islands (1951).

PH05: A group of P51s fighters escorting a B29 on a mission to Japan (1945).
BOX-FOLDER MSS2209/5 Digital Prints, 1951-1952
1 folder
PH286-PH355: A slideshow of photographs taken in Chitose, Japan by the veteran between 1951-1952; including photographs of jets; Chitose Base in Japan; local Japanese civilians and soldiers; Bridge; fellow soldiers Frisbie, Moorman, Coates, Warren, Pounds, Hunter, Allen, Vautherot, Lundberg, Moran, Wright, Fortner, Nelson, Webster, Van Salter, McHenry, Whitey, Donahue, Hernandez, Hayman, Love, Galbreath, Dayberry, Rew, and Fuller.
BOX-FOLDER MSS2209/7 Digital Prints, 1944-1989
1 folder
PH362: Bridge with three pilots standing by a P-40 named "Miss Cappy" [1944].

PH363: P-51 Mustangs flying in formation taken by Bridge [1945].

PH364-PH368: Portrait of Bridge.

PH369: Group portrait at the reunion of the 45th fighter squadron (09/1989).
BOX-FOLDER OVZ148/1 Digital Prints, undated
1 folder
PH370: Bridge, George Hunter, George Dunlap, Bruce Campbell standing in front of a P-47 in Hawaii (undated).
BOX-FOLDER MSS2209/8 Digital Prints, undated
1 folder
PH371-PH467: Bridge's collection of pictures of the 196th Squadron, California Air National Guard.
BOX-FOLDER MSS1659/6 Slides, 1941-1971
1 folder
PH07-PH285: Sideshow documenting Bridge's service.
BOX-FOLDER MSS1659/7-10 Negatives, 1941-1989
4 folders
PH470-PH471: Woss Brown, Don Stateman and unknown, 45th Fighter Group reunion in Las Vegas, Nevada (10/1984).

PH472-PH502: 45th Fighter Group reunion in Kansas (11/1986).

PH503-PH553: 45th Fighter Group reunion in La Jolla, California (1989).

PH554-PH1008: Images documenting Bridge's service with the Seventh Fighter Command. Includes portraits, clippings, candid and posed images of Bridge and his fellow airmen on duty and off duty.
BOX-FOLDER MSS2209/10 Negatives, 1984-1989
1 folder
PH470-PH471: Woss Brown, Don Stateman and unknown, 45th Fighter Group reunion in Las Vegas, Nevada (10/1984).

PH472-PH502: 45th Fighter Group reunion in Kansas (11/1986).

PH503-PH553: 45th Fighter Group reunion in La Jolla, California (1989).
BOX-FOLDER MSS2209/9 Photocopy of photographic print, 1954
1 folder
PH468: Group portrait of pilots in front of a plane (undated).

PH469: Planes in formation (07/1954).
Series III: Artifacts
BOX-FOLDER MSS2209/11 Artifact, undated
1 folder
AF01: plaque dedicated to men of the 47th Fighter Squadron (undated).

AF02: napkin from Operation Greenhouse Eniwetok Officers Mess with a picture of a cartoon soldier and A Bomb (undated).

AF03-AF04: 2 copies of a decal for the California Air National Guard 196th Fighter Squadron (undated).

AF05: plaque for the California Air National Guard 196th Fighter Squadron (undated).
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