Harold Kamps Papers and Photographs,

Summary Information

Title: Harold Kamps Papers and Photographs
Inclusive Dates: 1958-1998

  • Kamps, Harold
Call Number: WVM Mss 2000

Quantity: 1.6 linear ft. (4 archives boxes and one oversized flat folder) of papers, 0.4 linear ft. (1 archives box and 21 negative flaps) of still images, and 2 VHS tapes (98 min).

Archival Locations:
Wisconsin Veterans Museum (Map)

Papers and photographs pertaining to the service and disappearance of Harold Kamps, a Coleman, Wisconsin, resident who served as an airman second class in the United States Air Force during the Cold War. The collection was compiled by Harold's brother, Raymond, in an attempt to discover what happened to Harold. Kamps was on a reconnaissance mission in 1958 while flying over Soviet Armenia when the plane was shot down. Kamps and all members on board were killed, however neither the United States or Russian government were willing to release any information regarding the status of the crew. The collection includes Government crash reports and memorandums, Russian crash reports, correspondence with government officials, news reports of the crash, and additional research into similar shoot downs during the Cold War, Korean War, and the Vietnam War. In addition there are some personal papers relating to Kamps, which include biographical information and service records. The photographs primarily document the C-130 dedication, and crash site. In addition, there are family photographs, photographs of Kamps while in service, and the reinterment ceremony for his remains. Of particular interest are photographs taken by the Russian military during the shoot down.

Language: English

URL to cite for this finding aid: http://digital.library.wisc.edu/1711.dl/wiarchives.wvm-mss02000
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