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Marvin V. Wingrove Collection

Identifier: CA073-96

Scope and Content

This collection contains maps, clippings, correspondence, moving images, slides, reel-to-reel audio tapes, and audiocassette tapes that were created and/or collected by Marvin V. Wingrove during his career with Air America, Inc. The Marvin V. Wingrove Collection is housed in one manuscript box and eight film-cans, totaling 5.58 linear ft.

The collection arrived in fair condition and was initially processed with only a container list as description. Due to a change of the content management system, further description proved to be necessary. For better accessibility and preservation, the collection was reprocessed with a new arrangement. The archivist identified four series with the first series being the Tet Offensive Series. Materials in this series include a reel-to-reel audio tape recording (as well as copies of which on audio cassette tapes) that Wingrove recorded while witnessing combat in the streets of Saigon, including notes on a daily and hourly basis from January 31st through February 2nd, 1968; an article by George Esper, “Tet: The Brutal Turning Point in Viet Nam,” Associated Press, 1988; and a narrative by Wingrove reminiscing about his experiences of these events twenty years ago.

The second series is the Jack Kelly Series containing 8mm moving images about Jack Kelly at Nha Trang, Vietnam, Boeing CH-47 Chinook helicopters, Sikorsky H-34 helicopters, Boeing B-52 Stratofortress airplanes, and landscapes around Saigon, Nha Trang, and other regions.

Film no. 1 depicts B-52 bomb craters, clouds and “Loogs” [?] on the Saigon river, Saigon and Phan Thanh Giản, and a crane carrying a Chinook.

Film no. 2 depicts unloading of a Douglas DC-3 (C-47) Skytrain at Hue Phu Bai, a Sikorsky H-34, and Bird dog/rockets [sic].

Film no. 3 depicts Jack Kelly at #2 crat [sic] house in Nha Trang.

Film no. 4 depicts Jack Kelly and Nha Trang beach and market.

Film no. 5 depicts Jack Kelly and river area of Nha Trang, John Lurla on beach, a Boeing CH-4 Chinook carrying a Bell UH-1 Iroquois at Cantho, and bomb crates Cantho river-NG [sic].

Film no. 6 and no. 7 are unidentified.

The third series is the Vietnam War Series comprising of slides from that time.

Folder 4 depicts unidentified Air America personnel, other individuals, airplanes, helicopters, Air America buildings, crash sites, offices, and living quarters.

Folder 5 depicts Air America pilots and other personnel.

Folder 6 depicts Wingrove standing in front of an Air America helicopter boom; Wingrove standing next to a native inhabitant; unidentified Air America personnel; aircraft; people; Air America pilot and an unidentified soldier both holding large lizards in their hands standing in front of an Air America helicopter, tail number N1305X; portrait of a U.S. forces major; Air America personnel playing with an ocelot; aerial photography of dwellings; helicopter pilots at the controls; Air America personnel looking out of an Air America Curtiss C-46 Commando, tail number 910; Wingrove standing in front of an Air America Douglas DC-3 (C-47) Skytrain, tail number 084; soldiers standing in front of and loading a Douglas DC-3 (C-47) Skytrain; unidentified man and woman posing for the camera.

Folder 7 depicts Air America helicopter pilots at the controls; airplane crash site; military installations; children and adults under tents; boom of an Air America Bell helicopter, tail number N1305X in front of a house with people gathered in front of it; destroyed dwellings; guard standing in a sentry box; North American Rockwell OV-10 Bronco; airport building at Phi Truong Phung Doc; various views of an Air America Douglas DC-3 (C-47) Skytrain, tail number 994 being loaded; Douglas DC-3 (C-47) Skytrain B-249; camouflaged Fairchild C-123 Provider; aerial view of a tent city; injured native woman with child carried in scarf; soldiers on patrol; and an Air America helicopter being refueled.

Folder 8 depicts soldiers standing near a fence; native inhabitant looking at clothing and a Caucasian man standing in front of an Air America Bell helicopter, tail number 8512F; people and soldiers gathered near an airfield; soldiers marching; buildings; bunkers; military installations; children posing on crashed aircraft parts for the camera; thousands of troops gathered in front of a stage with performers; soldiers installing barbed wire fence; entrance of Da-Loc Hotel; Laotian Xieng Khouang Air Transport Douglas DC-3 (C-47) Skytrain, tail number B-829; Fairchild C-123 Provider; and an Air America Beechcraft Model 18 (Twin Beech 18), tail number N7695C.

Folder 9 depicts portraits of native inhabitants; Air America personnel; Air America pilots at the controls; children’s faces; children standing behind a barbed wire fence reaching with their hands through the wire; Oriental woman dressed in western style clothing carrying an infant in her arms; Air America Bell helicopter in front of a sentry box and children behind barbed wire fence; and Air America personnel distributing goodies to children behind fence.

Folder 10 depicts Air America personnel; US military personnel; Bell helicopter camouflaged; Air America pilots next to their airplanes; Air America pilot standing in front of a Douglas DC-3 (C-47) Skytrain, tail number 084; portraits of Air America personnel and office personnel; and a pilot standing in front of a Beechcraft Model 18 (Twin Beech 18), tail number N9577Z.

Folder 11 depicts a Boeing CH-47 Chinook hauling cargo; portraits of Air America personnel at their leisure time; Air America pilots at the controls of their aircraft; Bell helicopter in flight; Curtiss C-46 Commando; crash site of an airplane in mountainous terrain; and a Beechcraft Model 18 (Twin Beech 18), tail number N7770B.

Folder 12 depicts an elderly native man; group photos and portraits of children; children smoking cigarettes; children behind barbed wire; refugees trying to board a plane; children looking at a helicopter; women selling goods out of a hut; women in traditional clothing with their infants; and children carrying their infant siblings.

Folder 13 depicts Air America pilots at controls or sitting in the main cabin of a Bell helicopter; Bell helicopter in flight; Transport helicopter picking up another Bell helicopter; military helicopters; Air America personnel; airport facilities; Jeep on a road; mountainous terrain; and airplane dropping cargo over a rugged landing strip.

Folder 14 depicts customers in a barbershop; Air America Bell helicopters in flight; Boeing CH-47 Chinook in flight; Helio Courier; aerial views; detail view of an instrument panel of a helicopter; Douglas DC-3 (C-47) Skytrain; military installations;

Folder 15 depicts soldiers and people; military installations, entrance to the “Grand Bungalow;” refugees; military installations; soldiers; parade; and Air America helicopters.

Folder 16 depicts children behind barbed wire; elderly people; soldiers; refugees; native people in their traditional costumes; children sitting in front of an Air America Bell helicopter, tail number N1307X; Wingrove holding a lizard in his hands; and women in traditional clothing carrying their infants.

Folder 17 depicts Air America personnel; men loading/unloading machine guns; men loading a Douglas DC-3 (C-47) Skytrain, tail number 559; Helio Courier in front of airport facilities; military installations; Beechcraft Twin Bonanza; hangar; Pilatus PC-6 Porter tail number N153L; military equipment; people with animals; helicopter in flight; and monkeys.

Folder 18 depicts Air America personnel; Air America Bell helicopter in flight; Lockheed C-130 Hercules; Boeing CH-47 Chinook transporting a Bell H-13 Sioux; military helicopter; Air America Bell helicopter, tail number N1305X; airplane crash site; Wingrove at Tai Pak Dragon House; Air America Beechcraft Model 18 (Twin Beech 18), tail number N5454V; airport facilities; helicopter instrument panel.

Folder 19 depicts aerial views; Brian K. Johnson; Wingrove; Air America personnel in cafeteria; Bell helicopter in flight; Bell helicopter flying formation; Bell helicopter flight line; military personnel at air strip; Air America Bell helicopter, tail number N8514F; US Air Force Douglas C-124 Globemaster II; Air America aircraft crash site; Bell helicopter in flight; Air America personnel; and motorcycles.

Folder 20 depicts Air America Beechcraft Twin Bonanza, tail number N2002F being refueled (Esso); Fairchild C-123 Provider; native people; Curtiss C-46 Commando, tail number 826; native women carrying wood; Air America Bell helicopter; rotary engine; Douglas DC-3 (C-47) Skytrain; sign of “Trader Keith’s American Restaurant/NT and Bar;” Convair 880 The Mandarin Jet; water tower; De Havilland (Canada) DHC-4 Caribou; North American OV-10A Bronco; sign “Teeny Weeny Airlines;” native women; maintenance on an Air America aircraft, tail number N192X; Douglas DC-3 (C-47) Skytrain, tail number 084; soldiers; military installation; soldiers sitting at the bar; entrance to a snack bar; Dalactam-Ly air traffic control tower; aircraft, tail number Z2861; native children carrying sibling in a scarf on their back.

Folder 21 depicts native children behind barbed wire; native man smoking; native women carrying wood; buildings; structures in Vietnam; jet airplane; Pan Am and Delta airplanes; Air America hangar; Curtiss C-46 Commando wheel being exchanged; oriental women; Air America Pilatus PC-6 Porter, tail number N185N; military installations; Douglas DC-3 (C-47) Skytrain, tail number B-829; military tanks; military aircraft; and damaged Douglas DC-3 (C-47) Skytrain.

Folder 22 depicts Air America personnel; solders; military installations; Wingrove; De Havilland (Canada) DHC-4 Caribou and Air America Pilatus PC-6 Porter at Long Tieng, LS20A; aerial views of Long Tieng; helicopter pilots at controls; Hughes OH-6C Cayuse in flight; and North American T-28 Trojan flight line.

Folder 23 depicts Air America helicopter; Beechcraft Twin Bonanza; Air America passenger terminal; Curtiss C-46 Commando; living quarters; Douglas DC-3 (C-47) Skytrain, tail number 084; man loading barbed wire on a truck; military installations; damaged Douglas DC-3 (C-47) Skytrain; passengers walking over tarmac to board a Douglas DC-3 (C-47) Skytrain; Boeing CH-47 Chinook hauling cargo; and Bell helicopter in flight.

The fourth series is the Laos Series containing a map of Laos. Item is currently missing.


  • 1966 - 1972
  • Majority of material found within 1966 - 1970

Language of Materials

Collection is in English.

Access Restrictions

Materials in this collection are open for research.

Literary Rights Statement

Permission to publish material from this collection in any form, current or future, must be obtained from the Special Collections and Archives Division, Eugene McDermott Library, The University of Texas at Dallas.

Biographical Sketch

Marvin Virgil "Windy" Wingrove served as a pilot in World War II on a Lockheed P-38 Lightning. In 1954, he flew Hollywood actress Marilyn Monroe on her USO tour through Korea to support the troops during the Korean War.

Air America Inc. hired Wingrove on June 15, 1966 as First Officer for rotor wing aircraft at Udorn, Thailand until he was terminated by the company on June 15, 1974. During the time of the Tet Offensive in 1968, Wingrove was stationed in Saigon, Vietnam, where he observed and tape-recorded the fighting on the streets from the rooftop of his building where he was staying.

Marvin V. Wingrove passed away on August 10, 2001.


"Marvin V. Wingrove Collection," E-mail corresondence Peter M. Wingrove to Coordinator of Special Collections Paul A. Oelkrug, CA, Holding file, History of Aviation Archives, Special Collections and Archives Division, Eugene McDermott Library, The University of Texas at Dallas.
"Jerry Fink Collection," Air America Roster, Folder 1, Box 32, History of Aviation Archives, Special Collections and Archives Division, Eugene McDermott Library, The University of Texas at Dallas.


5.58 Linear Feet (One manuscript box and eight audio/film canisters (7.5 x1.0).)


Marvin Virgil "Windy" Wingrove was hired by Air America Inc. on June 15, 1966 as First Officer for rotor wing aircraft at Udorn, Thailand until he was terminated on June 15, 1974.

Series Description

The Marvin V. Wingrove Collection is arranged in four series:

Series I. Tet Offensive 0.78 linear ft. (three folders and one audio/film canister), 1968-1988.

Arranged by topic.

Series II. Jack Kelly 4.4 linear ft. (seven audio/film canisters), Undated.

Arranged by topic.

Series III. Vietnam War 0.4 linear ft. (twenty folders), 1966-1972.

Arranged by topic.

Series IV. Laos 0 linear ft. (item is missing).

Arranged by topic.

Provenance Statement

The Marvin V. Wingrove Collection was donated to the History of Aviation Archives, Special Collections and Archives Division, Eugene McDermott Library, The University of Texas at Dallas, by Pete Wingrove on 2010-02-08.

Additional Sources

Additional information about this topic can be found in the History of Aviation Archives in the following Collections:

CAT/Air America Collection

Image ID

It is the researcher's responsibility to secure permission from copyright holders of materials to which this institution does not own copyright.

Images in this collection are identified by a unique number that provides information about the format, record group, collection, series, box, folder, and image numbers. Please use this number when ordering reproductions of images from this collection.

Record Group Code

1 = CAT/Air American Archives

2 = Doolittle Archives

3 = Lighter than Air Archives

4 = George H. Williams, Jr., World War I Aviation Library

5 = History of Aviation Archives

6 = University Archives

7 = HAC Stacks

8 = WPRL Stacks

9 = Cecil H. and Ida M. Green Collection

10 = Belsterling Collection

11 = Closed Stacks

12 = Unidentified

13 = Chance Vought Archives

14 = Twirly Birds Archives

Image Format Code

P = Photograph/Postcard

S = Slide

N = Negative

T = Positive Transparency

B = Black and White

C = Color

Example: 1MVW-1-1-SC1

1 = CAT/Air American Archives

MVW = Marvin V. Wingrove Collection

= Series Number

1 = Box Number

1 = Folder Number

S = Slides

C = Color

1 = Image Number

Images archived in plastic image holders may also have a location code in the format: 1/TL. In this example, the number is the sheet number and the letters indicate the top left position on the sheet. Position indicators are T = top, L = left, R = right, M = middle, and B = bottom. Position indicators may be combined to describe the position on the sheet, as shown in this example.
Guide to the Marvin V. Wingrove Collection, -2001
Thomas J. Allen, PhD
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
English (eng)
Edition statement
First revision by Madeline Hoff, 2018-07-24. Second revision by Patrizia Nava, CA, 2019-07-07.

Revision Statements

  • 2018-07-24: 1st revision was a migration to ArchivesSpace by Madeline Hoff.
  • 2019-07-07: 2nd revision was a reprocessing of the collection by Patrizia Nava, CA.

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections and Archives Division, History of Aviation Archives. Repository

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