Ben T. Banks, Jr. papers

Ben T. Banks, Jr. papers

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Hargrett Manuscripts
Creator: Banks, Benjamin T., b. 1921
Title: Ben T. Banks, Jr. papers
Dates: Bulk, 1942-1945
Dates: 1942-2001
Quantity: 1.25 Linear feet (3 boxes)
Coll. Number: ms3748

Biographical/Historical Note

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 and was trained 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.

Scope and Content Note

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. Banks' flight training and bombardier training materials are also included.

Index Terms

Flight training--United States
World War, 1939-1945--Campaigns--Germany.
World War, 1939-1945--Personal narratives.
World War, 1939-1945--Photographs.
World War, 1939-1945--Veterans--Correspondence.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation note

Ben T. Banks, Jr. papers, ms3748. Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Libraries, the University of Georgia Library.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Gift of Marigene Banks, daughter of Ben T. Banks, Jr., in July 2012.

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

11Original notebook recording bombing missions in Germany
1DVD copy of Banks' notebook recording bombing missions
1Printed color copy of Banks' notebook recording bombing missions
2Book - "Dear Sir" by Juliet Lowell
3Photograph - Crew (including Banks and Lippincott) with Douglas A-26
4Photograph - Ben Banks (navigator), John Lippincott (pilot), and Unidentified (gunner)
5Photographs - Aerial images of bomb damage
6Photograph - Ben Banks on bicycle in Ireland, 1944
7Photographs - Crew (including Banks as Navigator, Lippincott as Pilot, Litsinger as Co-Pilot, and 3 Unidentified)
8Letter from Marigene Banks to accompany the collection
8Poem - "Ode to a Bombardier"
9Combat record, commendation, and certificate, 1945
9Letter from Ben Banks to John Lippincott regarding Battle of the Bulge, 2000
10DVD - Interview with Ben T. Banks, Jr., Februrary 2007
11Typescript - War letters, records, photographs, and timeline of Ben Banks (includes photos of Banks and Lippincott's 2001 reunion), Bulk, 1942-1945, 1942-2001
12Typescript - War letters to Banks' sister Lucy, 1942-1945
13Typescript - War letters to Banks' sister Mary and his father, 1942-1945
14Original - War letters, October to December 1942
15Original - War letters, January to April 1943
21Original - War letters, May to December 1943
2Original - War letters, 1944
3Original - War letters, 1945
31Photograph - Flight 6, Class 43-I - Dorr Field, 1943
2Flight Training School notebooks - Dorr Field, 1943
3Pilot Log - Dorr Field, 1943
4Cadet's Handbook - Dorr Field, 1943
5USAAF Gunnery School - Tyndall Field, 1943
6Bomber training - Lake Charles Army Air Field
7San Angelo Bombardier School, 1944
8Newspaper article regarding Banks receiving Flying Cross, 1945
9Insignia, pins
10Printed material - miscellaneous