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Leroy M. Sullivan papers

Identifier: MS-040

Scope and Contents

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.


  • Creation: 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.

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.


0.21 Linear Feet (1 container)

Immediate Source of Acquisition

This collection was deposited with the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga on an unknown date by an unknown source.

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University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Library
c/o Special Collections
600 Douglas Street
Chattanooga Tennessee 37403 United States