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Walter and Flossie Smith Collection

Identifier: 2010-05-04
The Walter and Flossie Smith Collection document Walter's three-decade long career in the U.S. Air Force (1942-1973) and his active participation in the P-47 Pilots Association. There are also several pieces of sheet music which belonged to Flossie.

Walter's military career is represented with various types of military records, a logbook, and awards and citations. There are also several items related to his involvement with the the Air Force Association in addition to numerous items from the P-47 Pilots Association.

Flossie's sheet music collection includes a book of military themed sheet music and World War I era sheet music.


  • 1917-2007


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.


0.5 Cubic Feet (1 full-width legal size document box and 1 oversize folder)


Walter A. Smith, Jr. served in the United States Air Force for over 30 years and was an active member of the P-47 Pilots Association. The collection contains materials relating to Walter Smith's Air Force career and World War I-era music collected by his wife, Flossie Smith.

Biographical Note: Walter A. Smith, Jr.

Walter A. Smith, Jr. served in the United States Air Force for three decades in the second half of the 20th century.

Smith was born May 4, 1924 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. After graduating from high school, he joined the U.S. Air Force on December 6, 1942. Smith stayed in the Air Force until April 1, 1973, rising to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel and receiving many awards for his service. During his Air Force career he was stationed at numerous bases around the United States and served overseas in England, Okinawa, and Vietnam.

Walter and Flossie Smith were married in the 1940s.


Biographical note derived from collection materials.


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.

Related Archival Materials at the Museum of Flight

The following collection also includes World War I-era sheet music:

World War I Sheet Music Collection. Eighteen (18) pieces of World War I-era sheet music for popular songs written before and during World War I.

Separated Materials

The following items are also part of this collection, but have been separated from the archival component and are in Objects storage:
  • United States Air Force Instrument Pilot Instructor School keychain
  • 514th Flight Interceptor Squadron lighter
  • Zippo lighter, Det-1 37th CSC, Vietnam 1968
  • Zippo lighter, Walter Smith
  • Zippo lighter, Snoopy
  • Zippo lighter, Elephant
  • Cigarette case, 514th Flight Interceptor Squadron

Two yearbooks have been separate to the Library: Eagles of 44-F and Perrin AFB, Texas, 1958.
Guide to the Walter and Flossie Smith Collection
Completed - Level 3
L. Zaborowski, A. Demeter, N. Davis
2016, 2022
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
3rd edition

Revision Statements

  • 2017: Revised to reflect further processing and align with DACS standards.
  • 2018 November: Finding aid migrated to ArchivesSpace.
  • 2022 March: Additional materials found and added to collection.

Repository Details

Part of the The Museum of Flight Archives Repository

9404 East Marginal Way South
Seattle Washington 98108-4097

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