Robert Ridgway Case, Sr. Papers

MC 2423

Special Collections
University of Arkansas Libraries

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Fayetteville, Arkansas 72701-4002
Phone: 479-575-8444

Machine-readable finding aid encoded in EAD by Katrina Windon, 2019.

Finding aid is written in English.

Table of Contents

Descriptive Summary

Case, Robert Ridgway, Sr., 1920-2012
Robert Ridgway Case, Sr. Papers
Inclusive Dates
circa 1928-2018
MC 2423
0.75 linear feet (1 box and 3 folders)
Materials are in English.
Special Collections Department, University of Arkansas Libraries
Materials related to the life and military service of Robert (Bob) Ridgway Case, Sr., a decorated World War II veteran.

Access Information

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Use Information

No Use Restrictions Apply.

No Interlibrary Loan.

Standard Federal Copyright Laws Apply (U.S. Title 17).

Processing Information

Processed by Katrina Windon; completed in November 2019.

Preferred Form of Citation

Robert Ridgway Case, Sr. Papers (MC 2423), Special Collections, University of Arkansas Libraries, Fayetteville.

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Biographical Note

Robert (Bob) Ridgway Case, Sr., was born December 5, 1920, in Mountain View, Arkansas. During World War II, he enlisted in the Army Air Corps as a 2nd Lieutenant, and served as a bombardier. His plane was shot down January 11, 1944, and he was captured and transferred to the Stalag Luft I prisoner of war camp in Barth, Germany, where he remained until Russian troops liberated the camp on May 1, 1945. Case was honored for his service with the Purple Heart, Air Medal, European-North African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with Battle Star, and Distinguished Unit Citation.

Following the war, Case married Elizabeth (Bette) Heaton on November 4, 1945, and began working in the lumber industry in Illinois. In 1953, he and his brother Charles co-founded the Tri County Lumber Company. The Cases sold the company in 1983, and Bob and Bette Case moved to Hot Springs Village, Arkansas. Bob Case passed away in April 2012.

Scope and Content Note

The collection contains materials related to the life and military service of Robert (Bob) Ridgway Case, Sr., a decorated World War II veteran. The collection includes two journals detailing Case's experiences as an airman and as a prisoner of war in Barth, Germany; programs from performances he viewed as a POW; a cartoon booklet produced by POWs at the camp; a POW benefits brochure; a photobook created for Case's 90th birthday; and a photograph of one of Case's elementary school classes.

Arrangement of the Papers

Materials are arranged by format.

Subject Terms

The following persons, organizations, or topics are among those represented within the collection materials:

World War, 1939-1945 -- Prisoners and prisons, German

World War, 1939-1945 -- Personal narratives

Stalag Luft I

United States. Air Force. Air Force, 8th

    Detailed Description of the Collection

    The following contains a detailed list of the materials in the collection

    Box Small Manuscript Collections Box 11

    Box Small Manuscript Collections Box 11 Folder MC 2423 Folder 1 Item 1

    POW pocket journal, circa 1944-1945

    The POW pocket journal was digitized by the University of Arkansas Libraries Digital Services Department in November 2019. PDF scan of journal is available here.

    Journal containing handwritten notes, diary entries, and drawings by Robert Case while a prisoner of war in Germany. Includes story of his last mission for the 91st Bomber Group, 8th Air Force, and his subsequent capture.

    Box Small Manuscript Collections Box 11 Folder MC 2423 Folder 2 Item 1

    School photograph, 1928 Card-mounted photographic print

    Group photograph by Reid Studio of North Little Rock, Ark. Handwritten on verso: "'School Days' - 1928; Plum Bayou, Arkansas (west of England, Ark); 3rd, 4th, + 5th grades; Teacher: Myrtle Allison; Bobby Case- 2nd from left, front row (seated)"

    Box Small Manuscript Collections Box 11 Folder MC 2423 Folder 3 Item 1

    Program for camp orchestra performance at Stalag Luft I In Barth, Germany, 1945

    Box Small Manuscript Collections Box 11 Folder MC 2423 Folder 3 Item 2

    Program for musical, "Hit the Bottle," in Barth, Germany, 1944

    Box Small Manuscript Collections Box 11 Folder MC 2423 Folder 3 Item 3

    "All Ist Kapoot!" cartoon booklet, circa 1944-1945

    Booklet produced by POWs at Stalag Luft I. Cartoons are signed "Woody." At back of booklet is an annotated map of the Stalag Luft I main compound.

    Box Small Manuscript Collections Box 11 Folder MC 2423 Folder 3 Item 4

    U. S. Veterans Administration Former POW Benefits Act of 1981 brochure, 1981

    Box 1 Item 1

    "A Wartime Log" POW journal, 1944-1945

    Journal kept by Robert Case during his 16 months as a prisoner of war at Stalag Luft I in Barth, Germany, during World War II. Contents include Case's reflections on camp life, diagrams of camp grounds and barracks, drawings, clippings, family photographs, and correspondence between Case and his future wife, Elizabeth (Bette) Heaton. Some entries are by fellow POWs. 176 pages, some unused. Subjects include the camp library, baseball, rations, Red Cross parcels, theatre performances, battles, and aircraft. The journal is one of the bound "Wartime Logs" that the War Prisoners AId of the YMCA distributed to soldiers through Red Cross packages.

    Box 1 Item 2

    "A Wartime Log" POW journal reproduction, circa 2012-2018

    Reproduction of Robert Case's POW journal, edited by Case's daughters, Elizabeth Janes Berault and Cathy Case. This edition includes prefatory materials and an appendix with biographical information about Case, historical context for the POW camp and his military service, and transcriptions of selected contents.

    Box 1 Item 3

    It's a Wonderful Life: The Robert Case Story, 2010

    Photobook created for Robert Case's 90th birthday by his daughters, Cathy Case and Jane Berault.


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