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Leroy M. Sullivan diaries, correspondence, and clippings

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: MS-040
This collection contains three journals and sixteen letters authored by Leroy M. Sullivan, a Flight Lieutenant in the Royal Canadian Air Force, during World War II from 1941 to 1943, when Sullivan was killed in action.


  • 1940-1943


Language of Materials

This collection contains materials in English.

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

The copyright status of this collection has not been evaluated.


0.21 Linear Feet (1 Box)

Biographical / Historical

Leroy M. Sullivan was a University of Chattanooga student who joined the Royal Canadian Air Force in 1941 and was killed in action in 1943. He quickly rose to the rank of Flight Lieutenant and was a commanding officer of his squadron during a portion of his time in Africa. He was the only American member of the British Royal Air Force, No. 56, Punjab Squadron, created under Article XV of the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan, which allowed the air forces of Australia, Canada and New Zealand to form squadrons for service under Royal Air Form operational control.
Sullivan was killed after his plane malfunctioned at takeoff on the runway of the Martlesham Heath Airdrome near Ipswich, Suffolk, England on November 7, 1943 and was laid to rest in the Brookwood cemetery near London in the Canadian section, just a month shy of his 22nd birthday.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

This collection is believed to be donated by Grady M. Long to Special Collections and University Archives, however accession records do not exist to evidence this claim.

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Leroy M. Sullivan diaries, correspondence, and clippings
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Repository Details

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