|Creator:||Banks, Benjamin T., b. 1921|
|Title:||Ben T. Banks, Jr. papers|
|Quantity:||0.75 Linear feet (2 boxes)|
Ben T. Banks, Jr. was born in 1921 and died in the early 2000s. He and his family were native to Monroe in Forsyth County, Georgia. He graduated from Goizueta Business School at Emory in 1942. In the fall of 1942, he joined the war effort as a navigator and bombardier. From 1944 to 1945, Banks flew over Germany on bombing missions, of which he took meticulous record. During the war, he wrote his family in Georgia frequently, especially his young sisters, Lucy and Mary. Banks married in 1949. He had a daughter in 1954 named Marigene. The family eventually moved to Covington, Georgia.
For much of his service, he remained with the same pilot, John Lippincott, but after the war ended, the two never saw each other again. In 2001, his daughter Marigene found Lippincott and reunited the two.
The collection focuses entirely on Ben T. Banks, Jr.'s experiences in World War II. The majority of the materials are his letters to his family, particularly his sister Lucy. These can be found either in typescript or their original hand-written format. The other notable item in the collection is Banks' bombing mission record, which he kept in a notebook. Since then, the notebook has been scanned and printed, as well as being placed on a DVD. The collection also contains a number of photographs of Banks and his bombing crew during the war and several miscellaneous war records are also included, including an official commendation for his service during the Battle of the Bulge. An interview with him is also included on DVD.
Ben T. Banks, Jr. papers, ms3748. Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Libraries, the University of Georgia Library.
Gift of Marigene Banks, daughter of Ben T. Banks, Jr., in July 2012.