Charles Henry Lang (1922-1995) of Norristown, Pennsylvania, was an Aviation Mechanic’s Mate, 2nd Class in the U.S. Navy. Lang served in the Pacific during World War II, and was stationed at Tinian Island air base. Lang also served in the Merchant Marine. His father, Albert Lang, was also in the U.S. Navy, and served as an Oiler on USS Olympia.
This is a collection of photographs and papers of Charles Lang. Photographs and photo postcards from Tinian, 1944, include: images of Charles Lang and his crew mates (candid shots of the men sleeping, working out, drinking, swimming, and goofing around); photographs of damaged Japanese planes and crashes; photographs of “plane art” and “truck art”; and USMC photos of the Marines’ invasion of Tinian. Subjects of photographs taken on Okinawa include Lang and crew mates, planes, battle damage, and aerial shots. Other photos include: photographs from Hawaii, including several color prints; several group shots of crew and officers, possibly during training; and a framed photograph of Lang’s class at Aviation Mechanics School. Other materials in the collection include: Lang’s notebooks from engineering courses, and training course certificates; printed photographic record of VJ-7 Squadron activities; copies of Atlantic Fleet News (publication of SIU Atlantic Tanker Fleet Organizing Committee – AFL), 1953; a copy of Uncle Sam’s Army, How It Fights, 1943; military issue currency; a document in Japanese; a U.S. Naval Reserve ID card, 1952; a photo album of 1992 VS 50 reunion; and several newspaper clippings.
- World War, 1939-1945–Campaigns–Northern Mariana Islands–Tinian
- Engineering–Study and teaching
- ISM: Albert T. Lang papers