WWII Personal Papers of USN Research Engineer


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Large stack (4" thick) of personal papers of James Ross Patton, Jr, 1941 - 1960's.  Patton graduated from the US Naval Academy and was commissioned an ensign/engineering officer in August 1941.  He served at the U.S. Naval Engineering Experiment Station, in the U.S. Navy Pilotless Aircraft Unit (Mohave, CA) and observed the first U.S. V-2 rocket launch in 1946.  He also conducted extensive research in what was called "Hydropulse", a water propulsion system for launching seaplanes. Papers include correspondence , handwritten calculations, blueprints, photos, etc.  Some are revealing, many are day-to-day transactions. Some of the systems he worked on deserve additional research.