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James O. Brewer World War II Collection

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: 2012-06-04
The James O. Brewer World War II Collection documents Brewer’s service as a pilot in the Pacific Theater during World War II. The collection consists of both photographic and textual material, primarily dating from 1942-1949.

Photographs are in color and black-and-white and appear to show military personnel, reunions, and personal candids, though most of the photographs are not dated or annotated. A significant number of photographs were taken in Australia and prominently feature Australian wildlife. Additional materials include documents and ephemera include military records, correspondence (including a letter from John F. Kennedy), certificates, and souvenir items from his time in the service. There is also a small amount of materials that relate to Randell J. Brewer's service, James O. Brewer's son, in the Vietnam War.


  • 1943-1997


Language of Materials

All materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research but has not been fully processed. Access to the collection may be limited or may require additional processing time. 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


1 Cubic Feet (1 full-width legal size document box and 1 flat box)

Biographical Note: James O. Brewer

James Olin Brewer was born on December 28, 1917. During World War II, he served as a pilot flying P-38s and P-40s with the 35th Fighter Squadron, which was active in New Guinea, New Britain, and Solomon Islands. In 1944, he married Mary Eugenia Johnson (1919–1979). The couple had a son, Randell. James O. Brewer died on December 17, 1996.

Biography derived from collection information and
Biographical Note: Randell J. Brewer Randell J. Brewer was born in 1946, the son of James Olin Brewer, a World War II pilot. Randell Brewer served as helicopter crew chief in the Vietnam War. He died September 28, 2018. No further information is known.

Biography derived from collection materials and

Processing Information

Initial processing by J. Parent in 2018; accruals processed by H. Kolesar in 2019.
Guide to the James O. Brewer World War II Collection
Completed - Level 1
H. Kolesar
Description rules
Language of description
Edition statement
3rd Edition

Revision Statements

  • 2020 June: Updated related agents, added bio notes.
  • 2023 June: Removed yearbooks to library

Repository Details

Part of the The Museum of Flight Archives Repository

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Seattle Washington 98108-4097

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