Archives of the Ninth Air Force Processed and Digitized


Pilots of the 34th Photo Reconnaissance Squadron pose for a photograph

The University of Akron Archival Services, a division of University Libraries, recently completed the processing and preservation of the Archives of the Ninth Air Force Association (9AFA).  The collection was originally processed in 2012, but significant materials have been added since.  This includes association records such as meeting minutes, reunion materials, and correspondence from Thomas R. Olsen, the last President of the 9AFA.  Other additions include military records of Edward F. MacLean, first President of 9AFA, including rare archival footage of the D-Day invasion.

During the project, a selection of fascinating historic images from the 9AFA Archives were digitized and made available online.  These include historic World War II-era photographs of Ninth Air Force personnel and bomb strikes in addition to a complete run (1991-2012) of the association’s newsletter, The Ninth Flyer.  The digital materials can be accessed at  Funding for the project was generously provided by the 9AFA.   

Archival Services is one of the largest repositories in the world of historical information on the Ninth Air Force Association and the related B-26 Marauder, one of the most successful medium range bombers in World War II.  These resources and others that document the history of World War II may be viewed by visiting Archival Services located in the Polsky Building in downtown Akron.  Business hours are Monday thru Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Additional information about Archival Services and its collections can be accessed on the department’s website at

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