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Bill Ingalls Hoese collection

Identifier: L420

Scope and Contents

This collection includes correspondence, photographs, and memorabilia from Bill Ingalls Hoese, in England and Canada ranging from 1938 to 1941 regarding flying and world experiences. Also included are sympathy cards and letters, newspapers from the Hoese family and their friends regarding Bill Ingalls Hoese's death, Worthington, Indiana, and World War II. Notable items include a memorial card of Bill Ingalls Hoese's death from the Canadian government, a sympathy card from the Queen at Buckingham Palace, the Memorial Cross medal, and a Royal Canadian Air Force pin with necklace in box.


  • 1929-1944


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 Ingalls Hoese was born in 1915 in Worthington, Indiana. He became an Eagle Scout in 1929 and graduated from Worthington High School in 1933 and attended Indiana University where he worked for the family poultry business for several years. In 1940, Hoese joined the Royal Canadian Air Force where he received training in Branden, Manitoba; Vancouver, British Colombia; Regina, Saskatchewan; Lethbridge, Alberta; and MacLeod, Alberta. During World War II, he was assigned to active duty in England in September of 1941 as the sergeant, where he was killed in a flying accident a month later at the age of 26. Hoese was buried in the Little Rissington (St. Peter) Churchyard in Gloucestershire, United Kingdom.

Source: collection inventory and Veterans Affairs Canada: "Canadian Virtual War Memorial." Retrieved from


1.05 Cubic Feet (3 manuscript boxes, 1 oversize folder)

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Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from Ramon Secrest on 1991/08/23.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2016/10/24 by Kori Nell. EAD finding aid created 2016/10/24 by Kori Nell. EAD finding aid updated 2016/11/03 by Lauren Patton.
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

140 North Senate Avenue
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204 U.S.A.