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Fonds RC0894 - Henry Eugene (Hank) Novak fonds

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Henry Eugene (Hank) Novak fonds

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RC0894

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  • 1944-1945 (Creation)
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    Novak, Henry Eugene (Hank)

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27 textual items (primarily letters)
1 photograph

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Novak, Henry Eugene (Hank) (1922-1945)

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Henry Eugene (Hank) Novak was a native of Hamilton, a McMaster student, and an RCAF officer during the Second World War. He was killed in action on January 17, 1945.

A more detailed biographical note by Dr. C.M. Johnston can be found at ‘Discover McMaster’s World War II Honour Roll’.

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The fonds consists of 9 letters and telegrams from Hank to his parents in Hamilton while he was in the RCAF, 1944-45; 4 letters from “Mrs. Murray” to Hank’s mother (Mrs. Murray was a Scottish relative of Hank’s Canadian fiancée, Jean Gilchrist, whom Hank visited while on leave), 1944-45; 4 letters from Betty Pearson (WAAF, RCAF, Bedfordshire, England) to Hank’s mother, 1945; and 9 letters and cards from various officials and individuals to Hank’s parents after Hank was reported missing in action. Also includes a photograph of one of Hank’s crewmates (Leslie Payne), and related documents.

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Donated in 2016 by Daniel Novak, Henry’s younger brother.

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R. Stapleton, 2016; entered B. Whittle, 2016-10-31.

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