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Oral History Interview with Alan W. Saunders, October 8, 2004

Description: Interview with Alan W. "Buck" Saunders, a pilot during World War II. He discusses joining the Army Air Corps, becoming an airplane mechanic, and going to flight school for pilot training. He was stationed in India and flew supplies into China over the Himalayas (known by pilots as "the Hump"). In China, he traded items such as jewelry or opium for information on Japanese troop placements in Burma. He also discusses his meetings with native Burmese and talks about later experiences he had after the war and during the Vietnam War.
Date: October 8, 2004
Creator: Cox, Floyd & Saunders, Alan W.
Item Type: Sound
Partner: National Museum of the Pacific War/Admiral Nimitz Foundation

Oral History Interview with James F. Sansom, October 8, 2004

Description: Interview with James F. Sansom, an officer in the U. S. Army during World War II. Sansom joined the Army in 1940 and began training on anti-aircraft guns in Florida. He was selected for Officer Candidate School (OCS) and was commissioned a second lieutenant in 1942. He was assigned to the 843rd Anti-Aircraft Artillery Air Warning Battalion, which made its way to India via the Panama Canal and Australia. Shortly after reaching Calcutta, the unit moved to Myitkyina, Burma. After the war, Sansom was assigned to Sagumo Prison outside Tokyo where Japanese war criminals were being held while on trial for war crimes. He describes some of the routines and residents in the prison. Sansom taught Hideki Tojo how to play card games like gin rummy. Sansom also describes the process of executing convicted prisoners as he carried out some sentences. In all, he executed nine convicted war criminals.
Date: October 8, 2004
Creator: Cox, Floyd & Sansom, James F.
Item Type: Sound
Partner: National Museum of the Pacific War/Admiral Nimitz Foundation

Oral History Interview with W. A. Henderson, September 20, 2003

Description: Interview with W. A. (Bill) Henderson, a pilot during World War II. He discusses his time as a bombardier and navigator on a B-24 in the China-Burma-India Theater. His crew hit the bridge over River Kwai (Mae Klong) while making bombing runs along the Burma Railway and also flew runs to supply gasoline to various bases in China, India and Burma. He relates anecdotes about the food and living quarters on the bases and the time he saved his co-pilot's life. He helped his co-pilot land the plane after a bullet tore through the plane's nose wheel and injured the man's leg.
Date: September 20, 2003
Creator: Johnson, Kep & Henderson, W. A.
Item Type: Sound
Partner: National Museum of the Pacific War/Admiral Nimitz Foundation

Man By Building

Description: Copy photograph of a man standing in front of the Taj Mahal. The man is wearing slacks and a short sleeved shirt.
Date: unknown
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Hardin-Simmons University Library

[Letter from Corporal Park B. Fielder to his family, April 21, 1945]

Description: Letter from Corporal Park B. Fielder to his family, on April 21, 1945. He details his voyage from Los Angeles, California on the way to Calcutta, India, including a stop in Australia where he met up with a friend.
Date: April 21, 1945
Creator: Fielder, Park B.
Item Type: Letter
Partner: Arlington Historical Society’s Fielder House Museum

[Postcard from "Les Argentinos" to John J. Herrera]

Description: Undated postcard to John J. Herrera, signed "Les Argentinos", not postmarked. The handwritten note refers to a mutual acquaintance staying in Mexico who was recently ill. The color image on the front of the postcard shows a city with domed buildings surrounded by palm trees, identified on the back as G.P.O. and Garden, Bombay, India.
Date: unknown
Item Type: Postcard
Partner: Houston Metropolitan Research Center at Houston Public Library

Part of Asia.

Description: Map shows cities, major roads and trade routes, and physical features for the southern portion of the Asian continent: Arabia, Persia, Hindoostan, China and the Chinese Empire, Tibet, the Burman Empire, the Philippine Islands, and portions of Korea and Japan. Includes historical notes and alternative place names. Relief shown pictorially. Scale [ca. 1:11,000,000].
Date: [1812..1832]
Creator: Lizars, Daniel, 1760-1812.
Item Type: Map
Partner: University of Texas at Arlington Library

British India, showing the principal Protestant Mission Stations

Description: Map of India during the British Raj, showing Protestant Mission Stations in 1872.The map also includes administrative division lines and bodies of water. Includes a list of European and American Christian Societies in the lower-left corner. Near the lower-right corner is included a table titled "Population and Native Christians," which statistically compares the number of Christians in India in 1871 an 1872.
Date: unknown
Item Type: Map
Partner: Hardin-Simmons University Library

Tabula Indiae X.

Description: Map shows late sixteenth century India rivers, cities, and mountains. with relief shown pictorially. Includes notes; scale not given.
Date: 1571
Creator: Ptolemy 2nd cent.
Item Type: Map
Partner: University of Texas at Arlington Library

China.

Description: Map shows portions of "Tartaria," "India within Ganges," "The Ile Corea" [Korea as an island], Japan, the Great Wall, cities and provinces of China, and part of [North] America. Relief shown pictorially. Scale not given.
Date: 1676
Item Type: Map
Partner: University of Texas at Arlington Library

Magni Mogolis Imperivm

Description: Map shows "Indostan" [central and upper India] and Bengal, and adjacent areas of Persia, the Tartan empire, and China. Includes illustrations of ships and elephants. Relief shown pictorially. Scale [ca. 1:7,000,000].
Date: [1662..1665]
Creator: Blaeu, Joan, 1596-1673
Item Type: Map
Partner: University of Texas at Arlington Library

[Photograph of Soldier in Taj Mahal Gardens]

Description: Photograph of a soldier standing in a garden. A handwritten note on the back of the photo says "Am standing in Taj Mahal Gardens with famous Dome in background. Rowe."
Date: March 26, 1944
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: The 12th Armored Division Memorial Museum

A map of the East-Indies and the adjacent countries, with the settlements, factories and territories, explaning [sic] what belongs to England, Spain, France, Holland, Denmark, Portugal & c with many remarks not extant in any other map.

Description: Map shows cities and regions for southeast Asia, India, China, and the islands of the Indian Ocean and South Sea including the Bay of Bengal, Bay of Siam; Mindanao, Timor, Java, Sumatra, Ceylon, Formosa, China, India, Siam, and part of Persia; islands of Borneo, New Guinea, and Philippines. Insets: "A Plan of the City of Batavia," "A Plan of Fort St. George and the City of Madras," "A Prospect of the City of Surat," "A Prospect of the City of GOA," and "A Plan of ye City of Bantam." Scale [ca. 1:10,000,000].
Date: 1720
Creator: Moll, Herman, d. 1732
Item Type: Map
Partner: University of Texas at Arlington Library

De la Tartarie.

Description: Map shows late eighteenth century boundaries, regions, and cities of Russian Siberia and Tartarie, Grand Tartarie, Persia, and parts of China and India. Includes text in two panels flanking left and right of map. Scale not given.
Date: [1775, 1795]
Item Type: Map
Partner: University of Texas at Arlington Library