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Abraham J. Artig World War II Collection

Identifier: 2019-09-11
The Abraham J. Artig World War II collection contains photographs and military documents primarily focusing on Artig’s time as an active serviceman in the Army Air Corps, though it also contains items relating to Artig’s time in the Air Force Reserves and his post-military involvement in the B-26 Marauder Historical Society. The collection is divided into two series: Military documents and personal documents.

The military records in the collection consist of fitness tests, equipment lists, and war bond receipts, as well as Artig’s formal military record, flight log covering his flight training, and military orders. The collection also contains 77 black-and-white photographs showing Artig, his squadron, planes in flight, and bombing missions. There is one color photograph of an airplane, and five photocopies of photographs (the original photographs are not contained in the collection). The majority of the photographs contain no dating or annotation. There is also a copy of The Mister Class 44-C yearbook that is signed by many of Artig’s class mates.

Items in Series II. include the Forward by Artig’s son, Donald, intended to introduce Artig’s autobiography, some personal correspondence. Information about his death includes Artig’s obituary and grave information as well as wills he had written during the war.


  • 1943-2010


Language of Materials

All materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research and is accessible in the Dahlberg Research Center by appointment. 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.


.9 Cubic Feet (1 full-width letter size document box, 1 full-width legal size document box)


The A.J. Artig World War II Collection relates to A.J. Artig's service in the Army Air Corps as a B-26 Marauder pilot.

Biographical Note: Abraham J. Artig

Abraham J. Artig (also known as Arthur, Artie, and A.J.) was born in the Bronx, New York on March 18, 1922. He attended Syracuse University briefly, and eventually graduated from SUNY Old Westbury in 1976. During World War II he served as a pilot, flying B-26 Marauders with the 394th Bomb Group. He flew 39 missions in the European Theater. Following the war, Artig returned to America. He married Muriel Salzman and together they had two sons, Donald and Robert. Artig passed away on December 5, 2010.

Biography derived from collection materials.


When possible, original order was maintained. Items that arrived bound together were removed from bindings for preservation purposes, but the items are foldered together. Items that did not have an apparent original order were grouped by subject and format with World War II-era military records coming first and post-war records after.

The finding aid shows files from boxes one and two intermingled. Box one contains letter-sized items, while box two contains legal-sized items. Though they are housed seperately, they were arranged intellectually.


No further accruals are expected.

Separated Materials

The following items have been sent to Objects storage:
  • Blue hat
  • Ammunition belt
  • Single gaiter
  • One-piece green flight suit
  • Long blue jacket
  • Blue uniform
  • Green uniform jacket
  • Army occupation medal
  • WWII victory medal
  • European theater with four battle stars medal
  • American theater medal
  • Air medal (3 stars, 2 oak clusters) in box
  • 2 striped bar pins
  • Small air pin
  • Small striped bar pin
  • Warship insignia and wings

The following books have been sent to the Library:
  • 13th Division Yearbook
  • Frederick 44C Army Air Field Yearbook, 1944
  • Base Leg Majors Army Air Field 44c Yearbook
Guide to the Abraham J. Artig World War II Collection
Completed - Level 3
H. Kolesar
Description rules
Language of description
Edition statement
1st Edition

Revision Statements

  • May 2020: Updated related 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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