World War II Collections
The Bertha Boeing Application for Home-Canning Sugar Allowance is a small collection that consists of an "Application for Home-Canning Sugar Allowance" for 60 pounds of sugar from Bertha Boeing on behalf of William Boeing and William Boeing, Jr., dated July 22, 1944. A no. 37 sugar war ration stamp is applied next to each family member's name. The application is signed by Bertha Boeing.
The Frank C. Leigh World War II Collection focuses on Leigh’s time with the U.S. Navy during World War II. The collection includes photographs featuring Leigh, fellow servicemen, aircraft, and the USS Chenango. Many of the photographs show Leigh with his signalman paddles. Other items includes Leigh’s identity cards, military records, military publication The Eaglet with his personal annotations, ephemera, maps, and a log book.
The George H. E. Welford Battle of Britain Collection is comprised of textual and visual material relating to Welford's service as a Royal Air Force (RAF) pilot during World War II and in the Battle of Britain. Digitized items from this collection include photographs, log books, and typed summaries of Welford's service and his squadron. Additionally, several objects related to Welford's military career have also been digitized, such as flight gear, uniform accessories, and medals.
The Glenn E. Zimmerman World War II Collection is comprised of material related to Zimmerman's 1942-1946 World War II service.
The collection contains Zimmerman's military identification card with case, which includes a black-and-white portrait of Zimmerman, as well as a leather Honorable Discharge wallet. The wallet housed two (2) documents, including Zimmerman's 1946 Notice of Separation from the United States Navy and a form letter from then-Secretary of the Navy James Forrestal expressing gratitude for Zimmerman's wartime service.
The collection also contains a small amount of ephemera, including two (2) holiday greeting cards with menus for Christmas 1943 and Easter 1944 at Norman (Oklahoma) Naval Air Station and one (1) menu for Thanksgiving 1943 at New Orleans (Louisiana) Naval Air Station.
At the end of the collection are twenty-one (21) black-and-white photographs, circa 1942-1946, of Naval aircraft and a U.S. Navy dirigible, including images of Grumman F4F Wildcats, General Motors (Eastern) FM-2 Wildcats, and Beech GB-1 Travellers. Some of the photographs have numbers printed on the back and two (2) are stamped as "Official Photograph Not to Be Used for Publication by Order of Chief of the Bureau of Aeronautics." The aircraft are depicted in flight and on the ground. There is one (1) photograph of what may be a captured Nazi aircraft. Based on the landscape in the background, it is likely that most of these images were taken while Zimmerman was stationed at the Quillayute Naval Auxiliary Air Station in Washington State.
The Harold W. Zipp Collection documents Zipp's career at The Boeing Company in both Wichita, Kansas and Seattle, Washington with documents and photographs. The bulk of the collection relates to Zipp's tenure in Wichita before his transfer to Boeing in Seattle in 1952.
The only item currently digitized from this collection is one of Zipp's travel diaries containing entries dated between July 20 to August 15, 1945. This 76-page diary recounts trips to airfields in California and the Western Pacific and describes meetings and social events with military officials and Boeing personnel. It also describes major wartime events that coincided with his trips, including the Nagaoka air raid and the atomic bombing of Hiroshima.
The James C. Stewart Fighter Ace Collection primarily covers Lt. Col. Stewart's life in the military from his enlistment in 1943 to his retirement in 1966, but also includes a small amount of personal documents and photographs. The collection is separated into two large series: Photographic materials and Textual materials.
The bulk of the photographs is comprised of both group and individual portraits depicting the squadrons and pilots in the VIII Fighter Command during World War II. Squadrons featured include the 61st, 62rd, and 63rd Fighter Squadrons of the 56th Pursuit Group, as well as the individual pilots from within these squadrons. Other pilots and squadrons are also included, although appear to be unidentified as to which unit.
Many of the documents are personnel records for Lt. Col. Stewart, including his flight record, some medical records, military orders and memos, and promotion letters. Also included are numerous documents related to the orders and activities of the various Air Force divisions Lt. Col. Stewart was active in.
Also included is a scrapbook box that contains the contents, in original order, of the scrapbook kept by Lt. Col. Stewart's mother during and after World War II. The contents include clippings about wartime activities, Lt. Col. Stewart's letters home to his family, photographs, souvenir postcards, and news items related to the wedding of Lt. Col. Stewart and Jacqueline Bossong.
The Josef Ulsamer World War II Collection consists of five photographs featuring German Luftwaffe Lieutenant Josef Ulsamer in uniform and with his spouse, most likely taken in Kiel, Germany circa 1930s-1940s. Also included is an undated newspaper clipping with an image of a Kiel journalist laying flowers at a memorial in Reykjavik for German airmen shot down over Iceland during World War II.
The Kenneth D. Wallace World War II Collection is comprised of textual and photographic materials relating to Kenneth D. Wallace's military career and personal life, circa 1940s. Textual materials included are Wallace's military identification cards, pilot logbook tracking his flight training hours, a V-Mail card, and his Certificates of Service. Photographic materials include 46 photographs, primarily consisting of small black-and-white snapshots. Also present are six photographs of mountains taken from an aircraft and one of a C-47 landing, which were likely taken during Wallace's service in the India-Burma-China Defensive.
The Lee Embree Collection contains photographs, textual materials, and audiovisual materials that relate primarily to Embree's 1936-1945 military service, including a small number of photographs taken by Embree of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941, as well as documents his post-war activities ranging from 1945-2005.
Series I, Textual materials, includes Embree's military personnel papers, including his identification card as well as military orders and medal documentation.
Series II, Photographs and negatives, which makes up the bulk of the collection, includes a total of fifty-nine (59) negatives, two hundred ninety-two (292) loose photographs, and a photograph album containing one hundred forty-one (141) photographs, most likely taken by Embree during and after World War II
The Leon Swietlikowski World War II Collection is primarily related to the wartime activities of Swietlikowski, who served in the Polish Air Force during World War II. The collection includes log books, personnel documents, and photographs of Leon Swietlikowski and his wife, Bette. Please note: many of the items in this collection are in Polish, with a small amount in both Polish and French, including the military paperwork. Though the Polish Air Force was a part of the Royal Air Force during the war, the Polish pilots were often led by Polish officers and used their native language in their communications.
The Mac R. Johnson Tokyo Bombing Run Teletype is comprised of United Press war correspondent Mac R. Johnson's teletyped firsthand account as an observer onboard the B-29 aircraft "Little Gem" for a combat mission on November 24, 1944. The mission described in the teletype is the United States Air Force's first B-29 air raid on Tokyo. Johnson wrote a dramatic and detailed description of events onboard as the squadron performed a high-altitude bombing over the target, the Nakajima Aircraft Factory. The teletype was received by United Press machines in newspaper offices throughout the United States; this particular printout was received by the Pueblo, Colorado Star-Journal. Johnson includes the names of each crew member of the "Little Gem" under the command of Captain J. T. O. Archer, including co-pilot Second Lieutenant H. L. Crispi of Kent, Washington, who Johnson stated had worked on the first B-29 ever constructed at Boeing.
The Margery Watson World War II Photographs is a small collection comprised of a series of photographs either taken or gathered by Margery Watson while she was employed at North American Aviation in Inglewood, California as a draftsperson between 1943-1945. The photographs are primarily small black-and-white snapshots that document NAA personnel adding a Merlin engine and performing engine tests on the prototype P-51 nicknamed "Baby" for United States Army Air Force ground crews.
The Martha L. (Smith) Bullock Collection is a small collection of items associated with Bullock's time as a Women Air Service Pilot (WASP) during World War II. The collection includes one folder of photographs and one folder of textual materials. The photographs, all black-and-white, are comprised of four (4) portraits of Bullock with planes and one image of a B-26 in flight over Dodge City, Kansas. The textual items include clippings documenting her flying career after World War II, certification of her veteran status, and her Emblem of Civilian Service.
The Maynard Wege World War II Photograph Collection is a small collection comprised of a single photo album page with six black-and-white photographs created by Maynard Wege, who served as a United States Army Air Force B-29 mechanic in the Pacific Theater during World War II. Photographs feature an image of Mount Suribachi on Iwo Jima, an aerial photograph of Hiroshima in late August 1945, a disabled Japanese Mitsibishi J2M3 Raiden fighter found on an airfield near Tokyo, a B-29 squadron awaiting takeoff, an aerial photograph of Northwest Field on Guam in summer of 1945, and B-29 aircraft of the 502nd Bombardment Group parked at Northwest Field.
The Nordhoff and Dunnam Families Collection contains papers, photographs, and assorted ephemera spanning 1916-2012 and relating to Arthur Nordhoff (World War I pilot); his wife, Thelma Miller Nordhoff (Signal Corps); their daughter, Nancy Nordhoff Dunnam (WASP); and her husband James Joseph Dunnam (World War II Battalion Commander). The collection is organized by family member.
The Robert H. Neale Flying Tigers Collection primarily relates to Robert H. Neale's 1941-1942 service as an ace fighter pilot with the American Volunteer Group (AVG), also known as the Flying Tigers, in Burma during World War II. The collection is comprised of visual and textual materials, including approximately 470 photographic prints and 61 negatives, military orders and documents, personal documents, and assorted clippings and ephemera. It also includes a significant amount of post-war material related to both Neale and the AVG, dated 1958-2004.
The Robert L. Baseler Fighter Ace Collection documents the fighter pilot career of Fighter Ace Robert L. Baseler. This collection, which dates from 1939 to 1982, consists of official military certificates and photographs, flight logs, digital photographs regarding plane restoration, and booklets all relating to Baseler’s time as a fighter pilot during World War II.
The Signed Group Portrait of African American "Rosie the Riveters" consists of a single black-and-white group portrait of eight (8) female African American Boeing assembly workers. It is likely the women worked at the Boeing Renton facility, circa 1940s.
The women are posed in front of a Boeing B-29 Superfortress and each has signed the photograph with their name: Back row, left to right: Louise Williams, [illegible], Velma Glass Johnson, Florence Thomas; Front row, left to right: Katie Jeffries, Althea Skelton, Ella Mae, Mary Johnson
The Thomas Walter Jackson World War II Collection contains materials pertaining to the military service of United States Army Air Corps pilot and squadron commander Major Thomas Walter "Walt" Jackson. Dates range from 1938 when Jackson began flight training to 1942, when he served and was killed in action during the Aleutian Islands campaign.
The William D. Dunham World War II Collection is a small collection comprised of four photographs and one map related to the World War II military service of William D. Dunham, circa 1939-1945. Each of the photographs is black-and-white and depicts Dunham with a Republic P-47D Thunderbolt. The silk map features Samar, an island of the Philippines.