An Inventory to the Collection
The FAB (Foreign Affairs Bureau)-100 was a group of 100 young officers from China who were selected for a classified mission for the U.S. during World War II. The first group of 50 left Kunming, China on April 17, 1945 and made a difficult trip by way of India, Africa, and the Atlantic ending up at the San Antonio Aviation Cadet Center. The second group left on June 19, 1945 and eventually landed at Minter Air Field in Bakersfield, California.
After settling in, the officers worked as interpreters who translated for American instructors and Chinese Air Force cadets, working in classrooms, labs, and sometimes in the air at various major air bases in the south, Midwest and western states. Members of the FAB-100 who were stationed at the Bergstrom Army Air Field assisted with training pilots and their crew. Other projects included translating training manuals and dubbing Chinese into training films.
After the Japanese surrendered, the FAB-100 was disbanded and the officers were given the option of returning to China or staying in the United States. Fifty-six out of the one hundred chose to stay and continue their education, many of them receiving advanced degrees and obtaining jobs in various sectors. In July of 1945, President Truman awarded some of the members with the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
This collection contains various documents and photographs related to the FAB-100 and its members. Of note, there are materials such as the FAB-100 Commemorative Album, the FAB-100 Story and Journey to the West that document the history of the group with essays and photographs. In addition, there are newspaper clippings from 1946 when the group graduated at the Bergstrom Army Air Field and from 2006 during an Austin reunion. Also included is a disk with numerous electronic documents and photographs documenting the group's experiences during their service and life after along with an index of all the files. Lastly, there are DVDs of oral history interviews with some of the members and their family.
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Materials kept by members and descendants of the FAB-100 were collected and donated by the Tu Family to the Austin History Center on April 24, 2009, July 7, 2011 and October 10, 2013.
FAB-100 Records (AR.2013.033). Austin History Center, Austin Public Library, Texas.
Donor #: DO/2009/013
Donation Date: 2009 April 24; 2011 July 7; 2013 October 10
Final Processing and Finding Aid By/Date: Esther Chung Martin/April 2014
Copies of the electronic files of the video interviews are stored on the Oral History server - Recording Nos. 3179-3189.
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