Harley Bisselberg World War II Photo Album 1942-1944


Collection Item Summary:

This photo album contains approximately 280 black and white images relating to the 84th Fighter Squadron, Sergeant Harley Bisselberg's fellow service members, and wrecks, repair and maintenance of aircraft. Aircraft featured include the Waco CG-4A Hadrian (NZR) (Haig) (G-4); Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress; Republic P-47D (F-47D) Thunderbolt "Little Princess" (s/n 42-26581); North American P-51D (F-51D) Mustang "Big Beautiful Doll" (44-13923); North American P-51D (F-51D) Mustang "Scream'n Demon;" and North American P-51D (F-51D) Mustang "Double Trouble."

Collection Item Long Description:


  • 1942
  • 1942-1944

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Harley A. Bisselberg (1918-1986) was born in Indiana and enlisted in the United States Army Air Corps in 1942, where he served as a mechanic. Sergeant Bisselberg's service was marked by innovation, as when he engineered a trap door in the belly fuel tank of a Republic P-47 Thunderbolt to enable the delivery of tool kits to downed pilots for repair of their aircraft. Bisselberg was awarded the Legion of Merit in 1944.

Cite as

Harley Bisselberg World War II Photo Album, Accession 2013-0022, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution

Repository Loc.

National Air and Space Museum, Archives Division, MRC 322, Washington, DC, 20560


United States Army Air Corps


  • Aeronautics
  • World War, 1939-1945--Aerial operations
  • Republic P-47 (F-47) Thunderbolt Family
  • North American P-51D (F-51D) Mustang

Physical description

.5 cubic feet (1 box)

Data Source

National Air and Space Museum Archives

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