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Guy L. Gammon WWII Collection

Identifier: M551

Scope and Contents

This collection contains photographs, maps, articles, and memoirs from Guy L. Gammon relating to the Army Air Corps Crash Boat Base in Ocean Springs, Mississippi. The photos were taken of the base during WWII.


  • Majority of material found within 1943-1945
  • 1999


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

Guy L. Gammon was born on April 20, 1916 in Thebes, Illinois and enlisted in the Army Air Corps in 1941. Gammon was a Sergeant stationed at the Crash Boat Base in Ocean Springs, Mississippi during the Second World War. The Crash Boat Base was created in 1944 to act as an emergency rescue base to aid airmen forced into the water during training. The base would also become a training center for bombers such as B-24 Liberators and B-17 Flying Fortresses and near the end of the war B-29 Super Fortress crews trained there. Operations on the base would discontinue in 1946.


.25 Cubic Feet

Language of Materials



This collection consists of materials relating to the Crash Boat Base in Ocean Springs, Mississippi during WWII.


Arranged alphabetically by folder title.


Donated by Ray Bellande on July 28, 2006.

Existence and Location of Copies

For Digitized Materials from this collection, see: EXTERNAL DOCUMENTS link at bottom of page.

Related Materials

Related collections held at the University of Southern Mississippi

· AM17-17 – Harold Branton 103rd Infantry Division Collection

· M403 – Edna Bishop Papers

· M24 – William M. Colmer Papers

· AM10-35 – WWII Ephemera Collection

· M540 – Ray L. Bellande Papers


The contents of the collection

See: External Documents

Guy L. Gammon WWII Collection
Collection processed and finding aid written by Amanda Abulawi
June 2019
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Repository Details

Part of the Historical Manuscripts and Photographs Repository

118 College Drive - 5148
Hattiesburg MS 39406-0001