Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University

Kennith Hite:

An Inventory of His Papers, 1942-2014, at the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library

Descriptive Summary

Creator Hite, Kennith
Title: Kennith Hite Papers,
Dates: 1942-2014
Abstract: The Papers contains declassified military reports, photographs and slides, newspaper articles and clippings, as well as a small amount of audio/visual material, framed items, and artifacts relating the military service of Col. Kennith Hite and his family.
Collection # S 1825.1
Quantity: 3 boxes (2.5 linear feet)
Language English
Repository: Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University

Biographical Sketch

Col. Kennith Hite graduated from West Point and served in the Air Force for 31 years. He flew an F-86 fighter in the Korean War and an F-105D Tactical Fighter in the Vietnam War. He retired in 1979. He was awarded his first Distinguished Flying Cross during the Korean War. For his service during the Vietnam War, he was awarded the Silver Star for “Gallantry In Action,” and a second Distinguished Flying Cross. Ken's brother Lt. Col. Robert Hite was a co-pilot for one of Gen. Jimmy Doolittle's B-25 bombers (the last plane to take off from the aircraft carrier in the Doolittle Raid) and was reported MIA in April 1942 after being captured and held by the Japanese.

Scope and Content

The Kennith Hite Papers consists mostly of declassified military reports from Hite’s time in Vietnam, Laos, and North Korea, along with periodicals focusing on the USAF, as well as military planes. At least two of the reports have corresponding slides or photos.

Of note is a multi-page article from the Amarillo Daily News, dated September 15, 1945, that detailed the harrowing experiences of then Captain Robert “Lowell” Hite who was captured by the Japanese following the historic Doolittle Bombing Raid on Tokyo at the outset of WWII. The newspaper story explains how Captain Lowell Hite’s mother suffered almost four years of sleepless nights following the Doolittle Raid, worrying about the fate of her captured son. The article shows a letter to the parents, dated May 22, 1942, from General Jimmy Doolittle explaining that their son may have been captured. It also shows Mrs. Hite at her home in Earth, Texas, joyfully receiving a phone call from her son forty months following his capture. The news article explained how he had been rescued and the route that he took home from “Peking” to Texas, as well as other details regarding his internment, liberation, and the fourteen-car caravan from Earth that traveled to Clovis, New Mexico, to bring Captain Hite home.

Finally, a small amount of audio/visual material, framed items, and artifacts relating the military service of Col. Kennith Hite and his family are also present.


The Kennith Hite Papers are organized by the following series:
44th Tactical Fighter Squadron Roster
Doolittle Raiders
History of the 421st
Military Reports
Miscellaneous Online Pages and Correspondence
Plaques and Banners
Framed Collage


Access Restrictions

Open for research

Index Terms

The subject headings used by the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library are derived from the Library of Congress and/or locally developed.
Subjects (Persons)
Hite, Kennith.
Aldrin, Buzz.
Subjects (Organizations)
United States. Air Force.
Red River Valley Association.
Subjects (Places)
Korea (North).
Korea (South).
Doolittle Raid--Tokyo--Japan, 1942.
Tokyo (Japan) History Bombardment, 1942.
United States. Air Force--History--Vietnam War, 1961-1975.
United States. Air Force--History--Korean War, 1950-1953.
United States. Air Force--History--World War II, 1941-1945.

Related Materials:

Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library Oral History Collection:

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Kennith Hite Papers, 1942-2014, Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas

Accession Information

Collection accession #(s):

Gift, 2016

Processing Information

Processed by: Sarah Stephenson, 2017

Collection Inventory

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1 1 44th Tactical Fighter Squadron Roster, April-May, 2013


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1 2 81st Tactical Fighter Squadron History, 1942-1969
3 Left Behind on Koh Tang, August, 1996
4 Mayaguez, The Fiasco Behind Ford's Finest Hour, December 1, 1977
5 "Why the VTOL Fighter?" by Ken Hite

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1 6 Doolittle Raiders

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1 7 History of the 421st

Military Reports

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1 8 Aircraft Status, 1974-1975
9 The Alleged Air Strike Near Muang Huang Villiage, Laos, 1967
10 Assault on Koh Tang
11 Cambodia Airlift
12 Frequent Wind Execution Message Summary, May 2, 1975
13 Ie Shima Range Boundary, June 24, 1976
14 Input for General Archer's End of Tour Report, 1975
15 Internal Report, Northern European Tour, 1960
16 Lessons Learned - Contract Airlift Operations Supporting Cambodia, 1974-1975
17 Recap of S.S. Mayaguez Operation
18 Re-entry Rights for US Forces
19 Trip Report, October 22, 1974
20 Trip Report, April 16, 1975

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1 21 Miscellaneous Online Pages and Correspondence


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1 22 Aerospace Newsletter, February, 1960
23 Airman, February, 1976
24 F-86 Sabre Pilots Association, Membership Roster, 2001,2009
25 A Guide to the National Museum of the Pacific War, 2004
26 MiG-15 in Action, 1991
27 MiG Alley, 1978
28 MiG Sweep, Issue #70-117, 1990-2002
29 MiG Sweep, Issue #118-127, 2002-2005
30 MiG Sweep, Issue # 129-163, 2005-2014
31 Red River Rats 16th Reunion, April 19-23, 1989
32 SabreJet Classics, Vol. 5-11, 1997-2003
33 SabreJet Classics, Vol. 12-20, 2004-2012


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2 1 Air Combat Missions over North Korea, 1952-1953
2 Air War in North Vietnam and Laos, 1966-1967
3 Buzz Aldrin
4 Miscellaneous


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2 5 Assault on Koh Tang Master Slides
6 S.S. Mayaguez Operation Master Slides
7 S.S. Mayaguez Operation

Plaques and Banners

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2 8 560 Flying Training Squadron, July 1973 - August 1974
9 12th Flying TNG WG, in Appreciation of his Leadership and Inspiration, August 17, 1974
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3 1 Red River Rats Patch
2 Red River Rats Banner
3 81st Tac. Ftr. SQ, Commander, July 1968 - June 1969
4 HQ 4th ATAF, July 1967 - June 1968
5 12th Student Squadron, July 1973 - August 1974
6 "To the Boss" from the 12th Ops Gang
7 559th Flying Training Squadron, Deputy Commander for Operations, July 1973 - August 1974
8 Pacific Air Forces, August 1975 - June 1976
9 PACAF IG Bearcats, June 1976, May 1978
10 388 TAC FTR Wing, KORAT RTAFB Thailand, Outstanding Service, November 5, 1966 - May 17, 1967


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4 1 Laminated Newspaper Clippings


Film Reels, 10/28/2016
1 Champion Films, 334th
2 HTE 334
3 Reel 24
4 Lt. Harvey's Film, Print for Cmdr. 421st, with notes
VHS Tape, 12/15/2016
5 "There is a Way" November, 1966, Abridged by Ken Hite, March 9, 1997

Books, 10/28/2016

Return with Honor, by Cptn. Scott O'Grady with Jeff Coplon, December, 1995
Men in the Air, The Best Flight Stories of All Time from greek Mythology to the Space Age, Edited by Brandt Aymar, 1990
Texas Tech University, Alumni Today, 2010
The Jerome Biblical Commentary, Edited by Raymond Brown, Joseph Fitzmyer, and Roland Murphy, 1968
The Homor Society of Phi Kappa Phi Membership Directory, 2009
Inside GHQ, The Allied Occupation of Japan and Its Legacy, by Takemae Eiji 2002
Harrison's Principles of Internal Medicine, 11th Edition, 1987
Kidnapped, by Robert Louis Stevenson, 1948
On Wings of Eagles, by Ken Follett, 1983
The Wall Street Journal Guide to the 50 Economic Indicators That Really Matter, by Simon Constable and Robert E. Wright, 2011
The 5 Lessons a Millionare Taught Me, by Richard Paul Evans, 2006
Outliers, the Story of Success, by Malcolm Gladwell, with dedication, 2008
Robert's Rules of Order Revised, Classic 1915 Edition with a new Foreword by Henry M. Rober III, 1979
States and the Nation, Texas, by Joe B. Frantz, 1976
Tuesdays with Morrie, by Mitch Albom, 1991
American Campaigns, Vol. 1, by Matthew Forney Steele, June, 1949
Genuine Texas Handbook, by Rosemary Kent, 1981
My Window on the Mesa, by Orval Ricketts, with dedications, 1950
Muleshoe and More, by Bill and Clare Bradfield, 1999
Jimmy Stewart and his Poems, by Jimmy Stewart, 1989
Surfing in Hawaii
A Quick History of Creede, Colorado Boom Town, by Leland Feitz, 1969
About Hawaii's Volcanoes, by L.R. McBride, signed, 1977
About Hawaii's Volcanoes, by L.R. McBride, signed, 1977
The Leading Hotels of the World, 1986
"For Thou Art With Me", Meditations in Verse, by Orval Ricketts, 1967
Plays of Henrik Ibsen
Sixteen Famous European Plays, Cerf and Cartmell, 1947
The Celestine Prophecy, by James Redfield, 1993
Tough Minded Faith for Tender Hearted People, by Robert H. Schuller, 1983
Texas, James A. Michener, 1985
Four Came Home, by Col .Carroll V. Glines, with dedication, 1966
Holy Bible
Holy Bible, Gideons Edition
Dadisms, by Cathy Hamilton, 2002
The Doolittle Raid, America's Daring First Strike Against Japan, by Carroll V. Glines, with dedication 1991
American Heroines, by Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison, 2004
Grassroots Women, A Memoir of the Texas Republican Party, by Meg McKain Grier, signed 2001
Comstaff College, Vol. 1, 1961
Fighter Aces of the USA, by Raymond F. Toliver and Trevor J. Constable, 1979
The US Air Force: A Pictorial History in Art, by James Haggerty and Warrn Reiland Smith, 1966
Republic F-105 Thunderchief, by David Anderson, 1983
The Best Doctors in America, Central Region, by Steven Naifeh and Gregory White Smith, with dedication, 1996-1997
Directory of National War College Graduates, 1991
Directory of National War College Graduates, supplement, 1993
Directory of National War College Graduates, 1999
Directory of National War College Graduates, 2003
The Register of Graduates and Former Cadets of West Point, 2003
West Point, the First 200 Years, by John Grant, James Lynch, and Ronald Bailey, 2002
Failure is Not an Option, Delbert McDougal: A Developer's Unconventional Wisdom, by Tony Privett, signed, 2007
Red River Valley Fighter Pilots, 1989
Air Force Magazine, April, 1973
I Took a Lickin' and Kept on Tickin', by Lewis Grizzard, with dedication, 1993
Machiavelli's The Prince, by Niccolo Machiavelli, 2008
Thunderbirds!, by Martin Caidin, 1961
Grizzardisms, the Wit and Wisdom of, by Lewis Grizzard, 1995
Pilots' Handbook of Rocketry, May, 1954
Going Downtown, by Jack Broughton, 1988
Reader's Digest, May, 1997
Why the Senate Slept, by Ezra Y. Siff, 1942
Beyond Nam Dong, by Roger H. C. Donlon, signed, 1998
Mayday, by Michael R. Beschloss, 1986
The Chow Dipper, by Ken Towery, signed, 1994
To Renew America, by Newt Gingrich, 1995
My American Journey, by Colin Powell with Joseph E. Perisco, 1995
A World Transformed, by George H.W. Bush and Brent Scowcroft, 1998
The Death of Outrage, by William J. Bennett, 1998
Beyond Peace, by Richard Nixon, 1994
The Fragile Blossom, by Zbigniew Brzezinski, 1972
USAF Southeast Asia Monograph Series, Vol. 6, Last Flight From Saigon
A Challenge for America, by Elvin Caraway and Mark Sanborn, signed, 1986
The Art of War, by Sun Tzu, translated by Samuel B. Griffith, 1963
The Essence of Security, Reflections in Office, by Robert McNamara, 1968
Time Out of Hand, by Robert Shaplen, 1970
Japan, the Story of a Nation, by Edwin O. Reischauer, 1970
Captive Warriors, A Vietnam POW's Story, by Sam Johnson and Jan Winebrenner, 1992
"Tex" Hill, Flying Tiger, by David Lee "Tex" Hill and Major Reagan Schaupp, USAF, 2003The Two Viet-nams, by Bernard B. Fall, 1963
Foundations of Air Power, Air Force ROTC, September, 1958
The Mysterious Planet, by Kenneth Wright, with dedication, 1953
The Dynamics of Soviet Society, by W. W. Rostow, August, 1963
This Side of Paradise, by F. Scott Fitzgerald, 1970
The Passing of the Night, by Colonel Robinson Risner, 1973
The Communist Manifesto, by Carl Marx, 1954
War, Politics and Power, by Karl Von Clausewitz, 1967
On War, by Karl Von Clausewitz, 1968
The Far Eastern Policy of the United States, by A. Whitney Griswold, May, 1968
The Changing Face of Southeast Asia, by Amry Vanderbosch and Richard Butwell, 1966
Thunderchief, by Don Henry, 2004
The Impact of Air Power, by Eugene M. Emme, 1959
Into the Mouth of the Cat, by Malcolm McConnell, 1985
Amelia Earhart, the Final Story, by Vincent Loomis with Jeffrey Ethell, 1985
Check Six', A Fighter Pilot Looks Back, by Frederick C. Blesse, 1987
Courage and Consequence, by Karl Rove, signed, 2010
The Be-Happy Attitudes, by Robert Schuller, 1985
The Exploration of Space, by Arthur C. Clarke, 1951
La Ventana Yearbook, 1944
Heritage of Lamb County, Texas, by Mardema Ogletree, c. 1994
A World of Ideas, by Bill Moyers, 1989
Chronicle of the 20th Century, 1987
The Fortune Tellers, by Howard Kurtz, 2000
Striving for Air Superiority, by Craig C. Hannah, signed, 2001
Striving for Air Superiority, by Craig C. Hannah, 2001
The Real Social Secuirty Problem, by Richard L. Peterson, Ph.D., signed, 1998
Every Man a Tiger, by Tom Clancy, May, 2000
See, I Told You So, by Rush Limbaugh, 1993
Knight, My Story, by Bob Knight with Bob Hammel, 2002
More Wealth Without Risk, by Charles J. Givens, 1991
Fishing Texas, an Angler's Guide, by Rossell Tinsley, 1988
Man's Search for Meaning, by Viktor E. Frankl, 2006
Reader's Digest, the Best of Reader's Digest Humor, 1993
Space Data, edited by Neville J. Barter, 2003
God's Psychiatry, by Charles L. Allen, 1953
J'arm, For the Health of It, by Dale L. Anderson, M.D., 1991
The Ends of Power, by H. R. Haldeman, 1978
Bird of Prey, Marvin W. Coffee, signed, 2007
Magnificent Desolation, by Buzz Aldrin with Ken Abraham, 2009
At the Center of the Storm, by George Tenet, 2007
Your Best Life Now, by Joel Osteen, 2004
No Retreat, No Surrender, by Tom DeLay, 2007
Dereliction of Duty, by Lt. Col. Robert "Buzz" Patterson, 2003
Lt. Bill Farrow, Doolittle Raider, by John Chandler Griffin, 2007
America's Secret War, by George Friedman, 2004
Cadillac Flight, by Marshall Harrison, signed, 1991

Framed Collage of 22 Photos of his time in West Point, Korea, and Vietnam, 12/15/2016