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Jean (Taylor) Howard WASP Collection

 Collection — Folder: 1
Identifier: 2007-09-05
The Jean (Taylor) Howard WASP Collection contains a black-and-white digital photographic print and a pilot's logbook related to the World War II military service of Jean (Taylor) Howard. The 5x7" print depicts Howard standing in front of an obscured front-facing Piper J-3. She is dressed as a civilian. There is no contextual information on the photograph.


  • 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.


0.01 Cubic Feet (1 letter size file folder)

Biographical Note: Jean (Taylor) Howard

Jean M. (Taylor) Howard was born April 3, 1916 in Hibbing, Minnesota to Francis and William Taylor. She graduated from Hibbing High School and from the University of Michigan of Interior Design. Howard was a member of Delta Gamma Sorority. After working in design studios in Minneapolis, she had the opportunity to take flying lessons. Howard was recruited by the Women AirForce Service Pilots (WASPs) and spent a year and a half ferrying planes for the Army in the United States.

Post-war, Howard relocated to Seattle, Washington and worked as a social secretary for the Rainier Club. She married Bill Howard in 1949 and the couple had two sons, John Taylor and Philip Leslie Howard. She was active in many social clubs and activities. Jean (Taylor) Howard died on January 31, 2007 in Seattle, Washington.


Biography derived “Jean Taylor Howard, WASP.” WASP on the WEB. Accessed January 3, 2020.

Physical Location

The following item is on display in the World War II Gallery of the Personal Courage Wing (PCW):

  • Pilot's log book

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Collection was donated by Jean Howard's husband, Bill Howard in 2007.


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.

Related Materials at Other Institutions

Texas Woman's University holds the official archive of the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASPs), including a 1943 class portrait of Jean (Taylor) Howard. The collection can be found online at: Women Airforce Service Pilots Official Archive.

Separated Materials

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

  • World War II Victory medal
  • American Campaign medal
  • WASP jacket, shirt, and assorted pins
Guide to the Jean (Taylor) Howard WASP Collection
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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