Harold Raskin World War II Diary and Images [Ground Controlled Approach (GCA) Landings on Iwo Jima]
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Summary
Collection ID:
NASM.2010.0029
Creators:
Raskin, Harold.
Dates:
bulk 1945-1946
Languages:
English
Physical Description:
0.05 Cubic Feet
1 box
Repository:
This collection consists of a copy of Harold Raskin's typewritten diary "Blind Landing on Iwo Jima," kept during his time as part of the Army Airways Communications System, 7th AACS Wing Ground Control Approach (GCA) unit, and covering the dates January 2 to August 20, 1945. The collection also includes digital image scans of 34 photographs depicting daily life and U.S. Army Air Forces operations in Iwo Jima during the period of 1945-1946, and an operational log for the GCA unit dated April 3, 1945.

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
This collection consists of a bound copy of Harold Raskin's typewritten diary kept during his time as part of the Army Airways Communications System, 7th AACS Wing Ground Control Approach (GCA) unit. The diary, entitled "Blind Landing on Iwo Jima," covers the dates January 2, 1945 to August 20, 1945. The collection also includes digital image scans of 34 photographs and one document loaned to the Archives for copying by Harold Raskin's son, Donald Raskin. The images depict daily life and U.S. Army Air Forces operations in Iwo Jima during the period of 1945-1946 and include aerial views of Iwo Jima. Aircraft depicted in the images include the Boeing B-29 Superfortress Family (Model 345). The scanned document is an operational log for the Army Airways Communications System, 7th AACS Wing Ground Control Approach (GCA) unit, dated April 3, 1945.

Arrangement
Arrangement
Collection is grouped by media type.

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Harold Raskin was born on June 20, 1922 in Brooklyn, New York. Raskin was attending Brooklyn College when the United States entered World War II and Raskin enlisted in the Army Air Corps. Raskin was sent to Iwo Jima in March 1945 as part of the Army Airways Communications System, 7th AACS Wing Ground Control Approach (GCA) unit . As a part of this unit, Raskin assisted pilots in making Ground Controlled Approach (GCA) landings in times of zero visibility. During his time in Iwo Jima, Raskin kept a diary which he entitled, "Blind Landing on Iwo Jima." After the war, Raskin returned to Brooklyn College to complete his education and then he worked as a furniture salesman in his family's furniture store until his retirement in 1990. Harold Raskin died on June 12, 1996.

Administration
Processing Information
Arranged and described by Jessamyn Lloyd, 2010. Encoded 2018. Revised and digital assets attached 2019 by Melissa A. N. Keiser.
Author
Jessamyn Lloyd (2010), revised by Melissa A. N. Keiser (2019)
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Don Raskin, Gift, 2010, NASM.2010.0029

Container
1

Using the Collection
Conditions Governing Use
Material is subject to Smithsonian Terms of Use. Should you wish to use NASM material in any medium, please submit an Application for Permission to Reproduce NASM Material, available at Permissions Requests
Conditions Governing Access
No restrictions on access.
Preferred Citation
Harold Raskin World War II Diary and Images [Ground Controlled Approach (GCA) Landings on Iwo Jima], Acc. 2010.0029, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.

Keywords
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Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Aeronautics Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Aeronautics, Military Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
World War, 1939-1945 -- Aerial operations Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Boeing B-29 Superfortress Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Iwo Jima (Japan) Place Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Digital images Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Diaries -- 20th century Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

Repository Contact
National Air and Space Museum Archives
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Chantilly, VA 20151
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