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Dale Milton Titler Papers

Identifier: M680

Scope and Contents

The Dale Milton Titler Papers contain manuscripts, typescripts, research, correspondence, oral history interviews, book reviews, and articles accumulated by historian and author Dale M. Titler between 1945-2011.

Titler’s papers were curated from his nine published books and four unpublished works. This collection is divided into six series: correspondence, manuscripts chronolgical, manuscripts alphabetical, oral interviews, photographs, and oversized materials.


  • Creation: Circa 1940-2011

Conditions Governing Access

Noncirculating; available for research.

Conditions Governing Use

This collection may be protected from unauthorized copying by the Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code).

Biographical / Historical

Dale Milton Titler was born in Altoona, Pennsylvania, in 1926. He spent his childhood in Pennsylvania. After serving in the U.S. Army Air Force during World War II, He spent the remainder of his life in the South. While in service, he graduated from Altoona Aviation Corporation School of Flight in 1945. He then became a flight instructor from 1947-50. Titler continued his education by attending Pittsburg Institute of Aeronautics in 1948, Pennsylvania State College in 1948-49, and the University of Southern Mississippi in 1974-95.

After finishing his education, He went on to serve as an academic instructor of aviation engineering for Graham Aviation in Marianna, Florida, from 1951-1960. Afterward, he became an instructor at USAF Pilot Training contract school in Aircraft Crash Rescue and Firefighting at Greenville Air Force Base in Greenville, MS. He then moved on to Keesler Air Force, where he instructed firefighting and personnel training. In 1978 he was promoted to Keesler Center Historian and held that position until his retirement in 1989. He was honored by the city of Biloxi as Historian of the Year in 1991. He is also listed in Who's Who in the South and Southwest, Contemporary Authors, International Authors and Writer's Who's Who.

Throughout his life, Titler was an avid researcher and writer. Most of his work is historical non-fiction. His most notable works include Keesler Field: Inception to Pearl Harbor and The War Years 1941-1945, Gulf Tempest: Major Hurricanes and Their Effects on Kessler Technical Training Center, The Day the Red Baron Died, and Wings of Mystery: True Stories of Aviation History. Dale Milton Titler died in 2014.


Collection materials

Dale M. Titler obituary from The Sun Herald on Aug. 22, 2014.


4.00 Cubic Feet

Language of Materials




This collection is divided into seven boxes and six series: correspondence, manuscripts chronolgical, manuscripts alphabetical, oral histories, photographs, and oversized materials.

Series I: Correspondence

Sub Series A: Chronological

Sub Series B: Alphabetical

Series II: Manuscripts Chronological

Sub Series C: Manuscripts

Sub Series D: Unpublished Manuscript and Research—"The Disappearance of Glenn Miller: The Search for Truth"

Series III: Manuscripts Alphabetical

Series IV: Oral Histories circa 1982-2003

Series V: Photographs

Series VI: Oversized Materials

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Cox College in 2022.

Dale Mitlon Titler Papers
Ethan Sakon
July 18, 2022
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Repository Details

Part of the Historical Manuscripts and Photographs Repository

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