Ola A. Sater Collection
Ola A. Sater was born on April 17, 1920 in the town of Harstad, Norway. He immigrated to the United States of America in 1925, and became a naturalized citizen in 1929. In February of 1943, he joined the United States Marine Corps, where he attained the rank of Corporal and received specialized training as a demolitions expert. He joined the 1st Marine Division in the Pacific Theater. From April 1 until July 2, 1945 he was involved in action against the Japanese forces on the island of Okinawa.
After his discharge from the Marine Corps, Sater attended Catholic University in Washington, D.C. in 1946. He graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture and Engineering in 1950. Sater worked at a variety of architectural and engineering firms in the New York City area, reaching the position of Senior Draftsman and Job Captain with the architectural firm The Eggers Partnership in 1975.
Sater possessed a deep interest in World War I aviation being involved with the Cross and Cockade Association and corresponding with a number of researchers and scholars about the topic. Sater was especially interested in the activities and operations of No. 56 Squadron RFC/RAF. Sater collaborated with another aviation historian, Alex Revell, on a manuscript entitled Fifty-Six, which provided a history of No. 56 Squadron. However, this work remained unpublished.
Sater passed away on June 2, 1987. He was married, but had no children. Upon his death, his niece, Dorothy Drake donated his material to the History of Aviation Collection at The University of Texas at Dallas.
Permission to publish material from this collection in any form, current or future, must be obtained from the Special Collections Department, Eugene McDermott Library, The University of Texas at Dallas.