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Floyd W. Shepard Collection

Identifier: 2008-10-29-C
The Floyd W. Shepard Collection consists of military documents such as orders, service records, identification, and some ephemera, documenting Shepard's training in the United States and activities abroad. The USB thumb drive in this collection contains scans of two photograph albums (the originals are not in this collection) from Shepard's time overseas, as well as images of the objects donated with this collection.


  • circa 1917-1919


Language of Materials

All materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research and is accessible in the Dahlberg Research Center by appointment. For more information contact us.

Conditions Governing Use

The Museum of Flight (TMOF) Archives is the owner of the physical materials in the archives and makes available reproductions for research, publication, and other uses. Written permission must be obtained from TMOF archives before any publication use. TMOF does not necessarily hold copyright to all of the materials in the collections. In some cases, permission for use may require seeking additional authorization from copyright owners. Consult repository for more details.


0.25 Cubic Feet (1 half width legal size document box)


Floyd W. Shepard (approx. 1890-1966) served as a pilot with the U.S. Army Air Service late in World War I and in the postwar occupation. The collection contains materials relating to his training in the United States and his service overseas.

Biographical Note: Floyd W. Shepard

Floyd W. Shepard was born in Kenyon, Minnesota in April 1890 or 1891. In 1917 he was living in Minneapolis, employed as a grain merchant at Shepard Grain Company.

He enlisted in August in the Army Enlisted Reserve Corps at Ft. Snelling, Minnesota. In December he attended the School of Military Aeronautics at the University of Texas at Austin, then was sent to Camp Dick in Dallas, Texas in February 1918. In May he was appointed a second lieutenant in the Signal Officers' Reserve Corps, Aviation Section. He was assigned to both Camp Dick and Love Field in Dallas as part of a detached service. In June he was sent briefly to Call Field in Wichita Falls, Texas, then to Wilbur Wright Field in Dayton, Ohio. In July he went to the School for Aerial Observers at Langley Field in Hampton, Virginia, then returned to Texas in August when he was sent to the School of Aerial Gunnery at Taliaferro Field in Fort Worth.

In September 1918, Shepard was ordered to the Port of Embarkation in Hoboken, New Jersey, and arrived in France in October. He received further training at the 3rd Aviation Instruction Center in Issoudun. The armistice was signed in November before Shepard could see combat service, but he remained in France ferrying aircraft between stations for the occupational forces. He was briefly assigned to the 1101st Aero Replacement Squadron, then to the 135th Aero Squadron as an observation pilot, and in February 1919 to the 85th Aero Squadron. He returned home in July 1919 and was honorably discharged upon his arrival at Mitchell Field, Long Island, New York.

After the war Shepard returned briefly to the grain industry. In 1922 he relocated to Canada and started a wholesale business with Bert Thompson. Shepard married Evelyn Blanche Miller in 1926. They relocated to the Pacific Northwest, where Shepard worked for Emil Sick at his brewing plants in Seattle (Washington), Salem and Portland (Oregon). He retired in Seattle in 1955. Shepard died October 1966 in Brentwood, California.

Sources and further reading:

Service history is derived from military documents in the collection.

George M. Shepard. Notes on Genealogy: Branches of Thrall, Shepard, and Related Families. St. Paul: St. Paul Associated Letter Co., 1968.


No further accruals are expected.

Existence and Location of Copies

Materials from this collection have been digitized and are available at The Museum of Flight Digital Collections.

Separated Materials

The following items have been separated from the archival component of this collection and are kept in Objects storage:
  • 85th Aero Squadron Insignia

  • Propeller tip photo frame

  • Bayonet and scabbard for German Mauser 98

  • Liberty engine data plate

  • Forward gun sight

  • Rear gun sight

  • Tycos brand altimeter

  • Piece of fabric from a Breguet Bre.14 E2 airplane

  • Windscreen from a Breguet Bre.14 E2 airplane
Guide to the Floyd W. Shepard Collection
Completed - Level 4
A. Demeter
Description rules
Language of description
Processing, cataloging and digitization of this collection was made possible by a Council on Libraries and Information Resources (CLIR) "Digitizing Hidden Special Collections and Archives" grant.
Edition statement
1st Edition

Revision Statements

  • November 2018: Finding aid migrated to ArchivesSpace.

Repository Details

Part of the The Museum of Flight Archives Repository

9404 East Marginal Way South
Seattle Washington 98108-4097

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