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Jeanette R. (Rogowski) Witzkowski World War II Collection

Identifier: 2013-11-27
The Jeanette R. (Rogowski) Witzkowski World War II Collection relates to the World War II-era experience of Jeanette Witzkowski, who served as a pilot and air traffic controller during World War II. It includes primarily textual materials and a small amount of photographic prints, with the bulk of the material falling within 1935-1947.

Textual materials include Civial Aeronuatics Administration (CAA) air traffic control instructional documents and aircraft clearance forms and incoming correspondence, such as from the Chicago Girls Flying Club, Valentine's Day and Christmas greeting cards; and a July 3, 1944 letter from Jackie Cochran regarding the cancellation of the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) program. Also included are membership cards for the Chicago Girls Flying Club and National Aeronautic Association (NAA); printed materials, such as a 1940 program for the Chicago Girls Flying Club annual air meet and a January 1946 Women Flyers of American newsletter; a manuscript titled "Aerial Warfare in the Present War" which appears to be a mix of a paper written by Witzkowski and assorted clippings related to the war. There are also additional loose assorted clippings, primarily relating to the search for Amelia Earhart although there is a December 1983 Chicago Tribune article about George Priester.

The collection also includes 16 black-and-white photographs and 1 photographic postcard, circa 1935-1947. They are a mix of vintage prints and modern reprints. Sizes range from 2x3 to 5x7". Only one image has a caption on the reverse, "my plane," and shows an unidentified aircraft (tail number 02507). According to donor information, many of the photographs show Anthony Witzkowski, Jeanette's husband, as well as other unidentified military personnel. Images also depict aircraft on the ground, as well as with damage. One image shows a crowd at an unidentified event and one depicts a model biplane.


  • 1935-1948,1983
  • Majority of material found within 1935-1948


Language of Materials

One greeting card is in Polish. All other 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.


0.28 Cubic Feet (1 half-width legal size document box and 1 oversize folder)

Biographical Note: Jeanette Regina (Rogowski) Witzkowski

Jeanette Regina (Rogowski) Witzkowski was born April 23, 1921 in Chicago, Illinois. After high school, she attended some college and took flight lessons and classes at the Air Traffic Control School. During World War II, Witzkowski worked in the Air Traffic Control towers at the Cleveland, Akron, and Midway (Chicago) airports. She had applied to the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) program but it was terminated prior to her acceptance. Witzkowski was a member of the Civil Air Patrol, National Aeronautics Association, Chicago Girls Flying Club, and Women Flyers of America.

In 1950, she married Anthony Witzkowski, a World War II pilot who served at Midway and in England as an Air Traffic Controller. The couple had a daughter. Jeanette Witkowski died on November 14, 2012.


Biography derived from collection materials and donor information.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Collection was donated by the Witzkowski family in 2013.


No further accruals are expected.

Separated Materials

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

  • Chicago Girls Flying Club solo trophy
  • Assorted pins, including a “Dardanelles” pin
  • Pair of Winged Propeller ear clips
  • US Civil Air Patrol Propeller Patch
  • Pair of Aviator goggles with case and original box
  • Civil Air Patrol cap with attached CAP pin
  • Klubu Sky Eagles ribbon

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Processing Information

Original processing in 2018 by N. Davis; further processing by J. Parent in 2019.

2018: Collection arrived in no discernible order. Materials were grouped by format and foldered. Materials in Box One, Folder 6 were interleaved with acid-free paper and the loose photograph was sleeved. 2019: Clippings were unfolded and copied onto acid-free paper.
Guide to the Jeanette R. (Rogowski) Witzkowski World War II Collection
Completed - Level 2
J. Parent
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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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