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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 United States during World War II. The first group of 50 officers left Kunming, China on April 17, 1945 and made a difficult trip by way of India, Africa, and the Atlantic. This crew stationed at the Aviation Cadet Center in San Antonio, Texas. The second group of 50 officers left on June 19, 1945 and eventually landed at Minter Air Field in Bakersfield, California.
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 in Austin, Texas assisted with training pilots and their crew. Other projects included translating training manuals and dubbing Chinese into training films.
After the Japanese surrendered in 1945, 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 22 of the members with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, although it took over forty years for many officers to receive their awards.
This collection contains various paper and born-digital material related to the FAB-100 and its members. The history of the group is documented with 1996-2006 publications such as the FAB-100 Commemorative Album, the FAB-100 Story and Journey to the West. Newspaper clippings from 1946 to 2009 capture events such as the pilots’ graduation for over 500 Chinese officer at the Bergstrom Army Air Field in Austin, Texas, as well as the 2006 FAB-100 reunion and display unveiling held at the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport.
Digital material includes a digital version of the FAB-100 Commemorative Album CD-ROM, which was spearheaded by Duke Tu, Bill Lieu and S.L. Wang and first distributed in 1997. This album is comprised of over 200 bitmap, JPEG, PDF, and .doc files which includes a photo essay of the FAB-100 experience, biographical sketches, first-person narratives, photographs and FAB-100 reunions. The FAB-100-Army folder contains JPEG and Bitmap images of the FAB-100 service members in China and the United States, including the Bergstrom Air Force Base in Austin, Texas. There have been several FAB-100 Reunions spanning from 1992 to 2005 held in various locations such as Puerto Rico and cities in both the United States and China. JPEG, TIFF, PDF documentation of these reunions are in the FAB-100-Reunions digital storage folder. The FAB-100-videos digital storage folder comprises of MP4 and MPG video clips capturing oral histories with FAB-100 members and reunion events, with many of these recorded in Chinese.
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Access to digital content is only available through a dedicated workstation in the Austin History Center Reading Room.
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
Digital file additions and EAD finding aid updated and encoded by Nikki Koehlert, October 2018
Born-digital and digitized content were received via compact discs.
File names were modified during processing to enable files to be exported from the disk image and to comply with Austin History Center file naming schema. A list of the original files names is available. The materials were processed in accordance with the AHC's digital processing guidelines including disk imaging, virus scan, and checksums. For more information, see the Born-digital Processing Manual.
Additional description and revisions encoded by Ayshea Khan, February, 2019.
Copies of the electronic files of the video interviews are stored on the Oral History server - Recording Nos. 3179-3189.