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William D. Dunham World War II Collection

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: 2004-05-10
This small collection is 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 4x5" photographs is black-and-white and depicts Dunham with an airplane. In three of the photographs, other military personnel are also in the image. Only one of these images includes a caption on the reverse; it depicts Dunham with three other men in front of a partially obscured Republic P-47D Thunderbolt "Bonnie". The caption reads "Wynoba [?], Dunham, Wood, Love of the 'Scouger' [Scourger] Squadron, 112 victories - 2 losses." The last photograph depicts Dunham alone leaning against his North American P-51 Mustang "Mrs. Bonnie." It appears to have had a caption which is now unreadable as at some point the photograph has been cut to approximate the shape of the aircraft.

The collection also holds a silk map, circa 1939-1945. It is Number C-42 and features Samar, an island of the Philippines. The map is 17x22" and is mounted on cardboard backing. The edges have been folded over and are taped to the back.


  • circa 1939-1945


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.


0.04 Cubic Feet (1 letter size folder and 1 oversize folder)

Biographical Notes: William D. Dunham

William Douglas Dunham was born in Tacoma, Washington in 1920. He graduated from Nezpearce High School in Nezpearce, Idaho and attended the University of Idaho at Moscow, Idaho from 1937-1940. Dunham completed Air Corps Primary and Basic Flying Schools at Santa Monica and Moffett Field, California. He graduted from Advanced Flying School at Luke Field, Arizona, receiving a commission as second lieutenant on December 12, 1941. Dunham had an extensive career with the United States Air Force until his retirement on February 1, 1970. His rank upon retirement was Brigadier General. Dunham died on March 3, 1990.

Sources and Further reading:

Biography derived from collection information and USAF biography found online at


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 and are kept in Objects storage:

  • Silk map of Mindanao, framed
  • Flight helmet, leather
  • Binoculars with case
  • Pistol, 32 Colt Automatic with case
  • Dog tags on chain

Guide to the William D. Dunham World War II Collection
Completed - Level 2
Archives staff, J.Parent
Description rules
Language of description
Edition statement
1st edition

Revision Statements

  • 2019 October: Updated scope and content, agents, and subjects.

Repository Details

Part of the The Museum of Flight Archives Repository

9404 East Marginal Way South
Seattle Washington 98108-4097

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