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The Collings Foundation [The Collings Foundation B-24 Liberator Fundraiser]

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC09620.203 Author/Creator: The Collings Foundation Place Written: Punta Gorda, Florida Type: Printed document Date: 1990 Pagination: 4 p. ; 22.5 x 14.9 cm.

A small booklet with a picture of a B-24 liberator in color with the history of the program and contribution categories.

A post-it note with the collection notes "Program from an air show Bob and I [Sheila Stone] attended in Punta Gorda, FL in the 1990s where we were able to walk around inside a B-24."

Robert "Bob" Stone was a Bombardier in World War II and served in the Pacific Front. These letters, were compiled by Bob's wife, Sheila M. Stone, and Ali Adair into a book named Letters in a Box. This book details Bob's service to his country, and his life after the war. Bob's letters were donated to the collection by his wife, Sheila M. Stone, in 2017. It contains a variety of letters, postcards, patches, pins, photographs, and scrapbooks that relate to Bob's training and combat missions.

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