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Dewey Hooper Collection

 Collection
Identifier: Mss.Coll.011

Scope and Contents

This collection is arranged alphabetically by type of material, and then into seven series. Where applicable, within each series the materials are arranged chronologically. The seven series are: Artifact; Books; Correspondence; Lists; Literary Productions; Photographs; Printed Material. Most of the materials in this collection pertain to Dewey Hooper as a student at Elon College during 1939 and 1940 and as a member of the US Army Air Forces Reserve during the early stages of WWII.

One of the larger series in the collection, Artifact, contains only three dimensional artifacts. Primarily the artifacts are from Dewey Hooper's service in the US Military, including items from the "Texas Terror" plane crash on Hinchinbrook Island (Great Barrier Reef) on December 18, 1942 (1:1-1:3, 1:6-1:15) . The other artifacts in this series are representative of his days as a student at Elon College (1:4, 1:5).

There are only two items in the Books series, reflecting Dewey Hooper's time as a teacher and as a pilot. The grade book includes the subjects he taught, the student's names, and the grades they made (2:1). On the other hand, the pilot log book contains the areas where Dewey Hooper flew, the date of the flight, the make of the aircraft, and other miscellaneous notes and remarks (2:2).

The Correspondence series includes materials that discuss the "Texas Terror" plane crash in December of 1942, as well as some basic biographical information about Dewey Hooper (3:2-3:5). Two of the smallest series in this collection, Lists and Literary Productions, contain information only relating to the plane crash on Hinchinbrook Island in December of 1942. The Lists series includes a list that mentions what diaries are housed in the archives at Maxwell Field, Alabama and the names of the individual's part of the crew on the plane (4:1). The Literary Productions series contains a detailed reminiscence of the events surrounding the plane crash (5:1).

Another large series in the collection, Photographs, includes black and white, color, and negative prints that either reflect something about Elon College or the "Texas Terror" plane crash in December of 1942.

The largest series in the collection, Printed Materials, contains a variety of materials. This series is primarily made up of newspaper clippings (from various newspapers) and booklets (published by the Eastman Kodak Company) (7:3-7:7, 7:13-7:18). Other items include certificates, awards, and magazine articles (7:1, 7:2, 7:9-7:12). The "Texas Terror" was a B 24 Liberator Bomber, numbered 123825 that crashed into Mt. Straloch on Hinchinbrook Island (part of the Great Barrier Reef) on December 18, 1942. Members on the aircraft were part or the 90th Bomb Group. The plane had taken off at 0815 hour from Garbutt Field in Townsville, Queensland, Australia. Dewey Glenn Hooper was the co-pilot aboard the "Texas Terror" when it crashed. For more detailed accounts and information see the following series and folders: 3:3, 3:4, 4:1, 5:1, 6:9, 7:1, and 7:13-7:18.

Dates

  • 1939 - 1994

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Copyright Notice

The nature of the Archives and Special Collections of Belk Library means that copyright or other information about restrictions may be difficult or even impossible to determine despite reasonable efforts. The Archives and Special Collections of Belk Library claims only physical ownership of most materials. The materials from our collections are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study, pursuant to the U.S. Copyright Law. The user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials. Any materials used for academic research or otherwise should be fully credited with the source.

Biographical / Historical

Note: The numbers cited in parenthesis refer the researchers to the Series#: Folder# in which that name/topic will be found (example: 1:5).

Early Years: (3:5) * Born February 22, 1919 in Caswell County * Dewey Hooper was the 8th child of 10 * Father's name was Uga L. Hooper * Family lived in Mebane, NC on a farm that grew tobacco, corn, wheat, rye, barley, and oats, and had livestock * Sister-Myrtle Hooper Dellinger (Dellenger?) * Brother-C.V. "Pete" Hooper * Brother-C. Woodrow Hooper Education: (3:5, 7:9) * Attended the North Carolina State College for two years and then transferred to Elon College * While at the North Carolina State College he was a member of ROTC * Attended Elon College from 1939-1940 * Graduated Elon College with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in 1940 * As a Junior and Senior at Elon College, he was a member of the Psi Nu Fraternity * Dewey Hooper was the movie projectionist, a member of the photography club, and Student Christian Association (SCA) while at Elon College Career as a Teacher: (2:1, 3:5, 7:10) * Received his High School Teaching Certificate from the Department of Public Instruction in North Carolina on 9-17-1940. This certificate was good through 1945 * He was certified to teach math and science * Dewey Hooper taught at Central High School (location unknown), Grade 8, and subjects including Algebra, Chemistry, Physics, and Math I

Military Career: (3:3, 3:5, 7:11, 7:14) * In May of 1941, he volunteered in the military for 1 year * Dewey spent 6 months in the chemical warfare department at Ft. Belvoir, VA, then in December of 1941 he transferred to the Air Force * Dewey was inducted into the Army on May 28, 1941 * He was enlisted into the Army June 28, 1941 (could be conflicting dates with above statement?) * He went through basic training at Maxwell Field, Alabama; primary training at Shaw Field, SC; secondary training at Sumter, SC; completed training at Turner Field, Albany, Georgia in the summer of 1942. He also participated with flight training in Bennettsville, SC * Dewey Hooper was the co-pilot on the "Texas Terror" on December 18, 1942 * Dewey Hooper died December 18, 1942 when the "Texas Terror" crashed into the face of Mt. Straloch on Hinchinbrook Island (Great Barrier Reef area) * He was buried at Fort McPherson in Maxwell, Nebraska on January 7, 1949 with other members of the "Texas Terror" crew Awards and Certificates: (7:2, 7:10, 7:11) * Received an award from the Southeast Air Corps Training Center on December 29, 1941. He was named the Corporal in the Corps of Aviation Cadets (Maxwell Field, Alabama) * On June 15, 1939, he received an Honorable Discharge from the North Carolina National Guard due to change of residence * Dewey Hooper received his High School Teacher's certificate on 9-17-1940, certified to teach math and science * On August 4, 1942, he received a discharge from the Army, in order to join the Army Air Forces Reserve Biographical Sources: Phi Psi Cli Student Yearbook 1939-pg. 57 and 106 1940-pg. 30, 88, 89, and 107

Extent

.5 Linear Feet (1 archival box)

Language of Materials

English

Abstract

This collection is arranged alphabetically by type of material, and then into seven series. Where applicable, within each series the materials are arranged chronologically. The seven series are: Artifact; Books; Correspondence; Lists; Literary Productions; Photographs; Printed Material. Most of the materials in this collection pertain to Dewey Hooper as a student at Elon College during 1939 and 1940 and as a member of the US Army Air Forces Reserve during the early stages of WWII.

Arrangement

The collection is arranged alphabetically by type of material into seven series, then chronologically within each series, where applicable. The series are: Artifact; Books; Correspondence; Lists; Literary Productions; Photographs; Printed Material.

Physical Location

The collection is located in Belk Library Archives Satellite Shelving at Elon University. Please contact the Archivist and Special Collections Librarian for further details about the location.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

unknown

Related Materials

There are no related materials to this collection at this time.

Processing Information

Processed by Katie Nash, February 2006

Note: The numbers following the name/subject entry indicate in which Series#:Folder# that name/topic can be found (ex. 1:1). If no Series#:Folder# is listed, then a number will indicate in which Series the name/topic can be found. Dates of the items are given in parentheses for an individual Series/Folder or, if at the end, for the entire subject/name entry (no date=n.d.). Numbered entries come before alphabetical listings.

Advanced Flying School, Turner Field, Georgia, 7:11

Air Force Pin, 1:1

Alamance Building, 6:1

Asiatic Pacific Campaign, 1:8

Atkinson, W.D., 2:2

Basketball, 6:2

Bennettsville, SC, 2:2

Bevans, J.M., 3:2 (1942)

Brass pin, 1:2

Central High School, 2:1, 6:7

Compass, 1:3

Cooper, John E., 3:3

Copra Plantation, 6:9

Corps of Aviation Cadets, 7:2

Daken, Raymond F., 3:3

Department of Public Instruction, North Carolina, 7:10

Eastman Kodak Co., 7:3, 7:4 (1939)

Eastman Photographic Papers, 7:5

Elon College Duffle Bag, 1:4

Elon College Ring, 1:5, 7:1 (1940)

Goldstrop, Michael M., 3:3

Grade Book, 2:1 (1940)

Graflex Cameras, 7:6

Gumaer, James E. Jr., 3:3

Haydt, Walter E., 3:3

Hinchinbrook Island, 6:9

Hooper, C. Woodrow, 3:5

Hooper, Dewey, 2:1, 2:2, 3:3, 3:5, 6:5, 7:1, 7:2, 7:9, 7:10, 7:11, 7:12

ID Tag, 1:6

Ink Pen, 1:7

Johnson, Don H., 3:5

Jolly Rogers—90th Bomb Group, 3:4

Kellner, Waldo W., 3:3

Kiger, Robert L., 3:2 (1942)

Kiple, Peter E., 3:3

Kodachrome, 7:7

Lowe, David, 3:3

Luper, James R., 7:2

Martin, Bill, 3:4

Maxwell Field, Alabama, 7:2

Mebane, NC, 2:2

Mt. Straloch, 6:9

National Guard of the United States, 7:9

Patrick, John B., 7:11

Pilot Log Book, 2:2 (1942)

Plane Crash, 6:9

Plane Shrapnel, 1:14

Platt, Nebraska, 6:10

Riggs, Carroll C., 3:3

Shaving Kit, 1:15

Silber, Carl H., 3:3

Southeast Air Corps Training Center, 7:2

Steering Wheel, 1:12

Texas Air Museum, 6:9

Texas Terror, 3:3, 4:1, 5:1, 7:1

Trevithick, Robert C., 3:3

Turner Field, Georgia, 7:11

War Department—Army Air Forces, 3:2 (1942)

Woods, Wiley, 3:4, 3:5

WWII Victory, 1:9

Wrestling, 6:4

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Repository Details

Part of the Belk Library Archives & Special Collections Repository

Contact:
Belk Library, Room 204
Campus Box 2550
Elon U.S.A. - North Carolina 27244