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Francis H. Bennett World War II Collection

Identifier: 2015-00-00-2
The Francis H. Bennett World War II Collection relates to Bennett's training and career in the U.S. Army Air Force during World War II, circa 1943-1945. It consists of primarily textual materials, including a graduation announcement, an Air Medal award citation, correspondence, military newsletters, printed ephemera, three pages from a scrapbook, and an original poem by Bennett. There is also a photographic portrait of Captain Francis H. Bennett in his Army Air Force uniform. Additionally, there is a small amount of material related to his wife, Edith H. Bennett.


  • circa 1943-1945


Language of Materials

All materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research but has not been fully processed. Access to the collection may be limited or may require additional processing time. For more information contact us.

Conditions Governing Use

The Museum of Flight (TMOF) Archives is the owner of the physical materials in the archives and makes available reproductions for research, publication, and other uses. Written permission must be obtained from TMOF archives before any publication use. TMOF does not necessarily hold copyright to all of the materials in the collections. In some cases, permission for use may require seeking additional authorization from copyright owners. Consult repository for more details.


0.1 Cubic Feet (1 legal size folder and 1 oversize folder)

Biographical Note: Francis H. Bennett

Captain Francis H. Bennett was a pilot with the United States Army Air Force during World War II. He graduated from pilot school at Marfa Air Base (Texas) in 1943 and also completed training at Lemoore Army Air Field (California). Captain Bennett was assigned to the 305th Bombardment Group (Eighth Air Force) in England and flew Boeing B-17 Flying Fortresses. No further information is known.


Biography derived from collection materials.

Custodial History

The items were found in the book 305th Bombardment Group (H) (see Separated Materials note), that was part of the Champlin Fighter Museum Collection obtained in 2003. The album has 'Capt. F. H. Bennett' embossed on the cover. The original donor and provenance is unknown.


No further accruals are expected.

Separated Materials

The following item has been separated from the archival component and is kept in the Library:

  • Sredl, Katherine C., ed. 305th Bombardment Group (H). Paducah, Kentucky: Turner Publishing, 1997.
Guide to the Francis H. Bennett World War II Collection
Completed - Level 2
L. Zaborowski, J. Parent
2015, 2020
Description rules
Language of description
Edition statement
2nd Edition

Revision Statements

  • May 2020: Updated to reflect current best practices; added subjects and agents.

Repository Details

Part of the The Museum of Flight Archives Repository

9404 East Marginal Way South
Seattle Washington 98108-4097

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