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Bill W. Boyer, Sr. oral history transcript

 Collection — Container: OH042
Identifier: OH042

Scope and Contents

This collection contains a transcript of an oral history tape made with Jill Baniewicz on April 12, 1990. Boyer tells about hearing that the Japanese had bombed Pearl Harbor and his entry into the Air Corp. He was a radio operator and a gunner and was wounded when the airplane he was in was shot down over Germany. Boyer discusses the air fight and the plane crash. He talks about how German civilians and military treated him and life as a Prisoner of War (POW).


  • 1990/04/12

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Legal title, copyright, and literary rights reside with Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Rare Books and Manuscripts.

Biographical Note

Bill W. Boyer Sr. was born on January 24, 1919. He attended Shortridge High School for two years and then went to work for the New York Central Railroad. He enlisted in the Army Air Corp on November 2,1942. Boyer married Betty Mildred Zike, born in Ohio in 1924, daughter of William and Mildred Zike. The Boyer’s had four children, Bill Boyer Jr., Joyce, Brenda, and Barbara. Boyer died in Indianapolis on April 5, 1995.


Oral History Transcript, April 12, 1990

The Indianapolis Star, April 6, 1995

Ancestry Library. Indiana State Library. April 2012.


0.01 Cubic Feet (1 transcript)


This collection includes one transcript.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Marcia Caudell during April 2012. EAD finding aid created by Bethany Fiechter on 2019/07/02.
Bill W. Boyer, Sr. oral history transcript
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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