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Kenneth D. Wallace World War II Collection

Identifier: 2012-03-29
The Kenneth D. Wallace World War II Collection is comprised of textual and photographic materials relating to Kenneth D. Wallace's military career and personal life, circa 1940s.

Textual materials included are Wallace's military identification cards, pilot logbook tracking his flight training hours, a V-Mail card, and his Certificates of Service.

Photographic materials include 46 photographs, primarily consisting of small black-and-white snapshots. They feature informal portraits of members of Wallace's family; candid scenes from an ROTC camp based in Spokane, Washington; formal and informal portraits of Wallace in military uniform; a formal group portrait of Squadron R flight training class at Randolph Field, Texas; and snapshots of Wallace with Columbia University schoolmates. Also present are six photographs of mountains taken from an aircraft and one of a C-47 landing, which were likely taken during Wallace's service in the India-Burma-China Defensive.

Also present is a funeral program for his memorial service at The Museum of Flight in 2010.


  • circa 1940-1945, 2010

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.


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The Kenneth D. Wallace World War II Collection is comprised of textual and photographic materials primarily relating to Kenneth D. Wallace's military career as a pilot during World War II circa 1940s.

Biographical Note: Kenneth D. Wallace

Kenneth Donald Wallace was a laywer who served as a pilot during in World War II in the India-Burma-China theater.

Wallace was born in Spokane, Washington in 1918. He briefly attended the United States Military Academy in West Point and achieved the rank of Second Lieutenant. From 1942-1945, Wallace served in the United States Army Air Forces. He completed 300 missions and was awarded two Distinguished Flying Cross citations as pilot of a C-47 on transport missions during the India-Burma-China Defensive campaign. He flew missions for the Military Intelligence Division for the last few months of the war, including transport of components for the atomic bomb.

Following the war, he completed a law degree at Columbia University and joined a Manhattan-based law firm. He successfully defended The New York Times' right to publish the Pentagon Papers before the United States Supreme Court in 1971. He also successfully served the plaintiff in the Supreme Court decision Diana Spirt/Equal Opportunity Commission v. Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association that established full pension rights for female teachers in 1984.

He resided in New York for most of his life, later living in Connecticut and finally moving to Seattle, Washington in 2002. He passed away in 2010. His funeral service was held at the Museum of Flight.

Biographical information 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.

Separated Materials

The following items have been separated from the archival component of this collection and are kept in Objects storage:

  • AAC Wings
  • 1 medal
  • 1 button
  • Ruptured Duck pin
  • Son in Service Coin
  • Chinese Medal in Case
  • Embroidered Patch
  • Air Medal/DCF Framed
  • Silk American Blood Chit
  • Fabric American Flag Patch
  • Framed Chinese Blood Chit
  • Framed Burmese Blood Chit
  • Framed Chinese Citation with wings
Guide to the Kenneth D. Wallace World War II Collection
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Repository Details

Part of the The Museum of Flight Archives Repository

9404 East Marginal Way South
Seattle Washington 98108-4097

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