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David S. Newcom World War II Eighth Air Force Photographs

 Collection — Folder: 1
Identifier: 2016-11-23
This small collection is comprised of 18 World War II-era photographs from Sgt. David S. Newcom, a B-17 bombardier in the United States Eighth Air Force, then based in England. All the photographs are small, black-and-white snapshots, primarily informal portraits. Newcom is featured in most of the photographs, both in civilian clothes and in military uniform, sometimes with other servicemen. B-17 aircraft can be partially seen in seven of the photographs. Many of the photographs have handwritten notations on the back with dates, commentary, locations, or who is in the photograph. While not all are dated, these photographs are estimated to have been taken between 1939 and 1944.


  • circa 1939-1944

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.


0.01 Cubic Feet (1 letter-size folder)

Historical Note: United States Eighth Air Force

The United States Eighth Air Force (8 AF) began as the VIII Bomber Command, which was formed at Langley, Virginia in January 1942. Comprised of heavy bombers, fighter escorts, reconnaissance and other service aircraft, the first combat groups of the VIII Bomber Command arrived in eastern England in June, 1942. Bombing missions against strategeic targets in France and Germany commenced in August 1942 and continued over the course of World War II. Following a reorganization of American air forces in February 1944, the VIII Bomber Command was redesignated as the Eighth Air Force. The Eighth Air Force flew in sorties aimed at disrupting the German aircraft manufacturing and oil industry, night raids on Berlin, and raids on defensive targets in advance of Operation Overlord. Since World War II, the Eighth Air Force has been deployed in the Korean War, Vietnam War, and in operations over Iraq. The Eighth Air Force remains active today under the United States Air Force Global Strike Command.
Guide to the David S. Newcom World War II Eighth Air Force Photographs
Completed - Level 2
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1st Edition

Repository Details

Part of the The Museum of Flight Archives Repository

9404 East Marginal Way South
Seattle Washington 98108-4097

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