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Clarence H. Lamping World War II Collection

Identifier: 2017-10-27
The Clarence H. Lamping World War II Collection contains textual materials and a small amount of photographic prints relating to the World War II service of Lieutenant Colonel Clarence H. Lamping. Some of the material is retrospective. Most of the material was collected by Lamping during and after his service, although some items were collected by his son, John.

The bulk of the collection is textual materials, most of which are post-war. Materials include Lamping's U.S Army Air Forces log book, the booklet, "Combat and Special Missions B-17F/G Aircraft, July 1943-June 1945," and a photocopy of page 11 of Lamping's Individual Sortie Record for 1944. Also included are two clippings; one from an unidentified newspaper, "Sgt. Wolverton is a Prisoner of War of the Germans," circa 1944, and another, "The Plane that Won the War," from This World, November 10, 1985; rosters for the 385th Bomb Group Memorial Association, and two pieces of brief personal correspondence that were originally found in the front cover of History of the 385th Bombardment Group (See Separated Materials note). Additionally, there is a packet of documents that is primarily e-mail correspondence, including an August 23, 2000 e-mail to John Lamping from the Bury St. Edmunds Records Office, Suffolk, England about the Great Ashfield airfield, as well as several e-mails to John Lamping from several crew members who served with his father, Clarence, on the Boeing B-17 "War Horse." There are also 2 photocopied pages from an unidentified book that discuss "War Horse."

The collection also contains 25 black-and-white photographs depicting military personnel. The bulk of the images are vintage prints although there is one modern reprint and a handful of photocopied images. Sizes range from 2x3" to 8x10". Some images include brief captions providing identifying and/or contextual information. Many people are identified by single name only. Identified people include Clarence H. Lamping, Skeeter Wanzak, Col. Jumper, "Jim," and Dave Maxwell. Aircraft are also visible in some shots, usually obscured, but the nose of "War Horse" is prominent in one group shot of the crew.


  • 1939-2000
  • Majority of material found within 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.


0.21 Cubic Feet (1 half width letter size document box and 1 oversize folder)

Biographical Note: Clarence H. Lamping

Clarence H. Lamping (1919-2009) served as a pilot in the United States Army Air Forces from 1943-1963. Lamping was born in Vancouver, Washington on December 29, 1919. He enlisted in the Army Air Forces in 1943 and served as a pilot in World War II with the 8th Air Force. Post-war Lamping continued with military service until his retirement as a Lieutenant Colonel in 1963. Over his 20-year service, Lamping flew many aircraft, including the Boeing B-17, Boeing B-29, Boeing B-52, and Convair B-36, and was stationed in multiple locations, including Great Ashfield, England; Rapid City, South Dakota; Alaska; New York state; and Guam.

After his military career, Lamping became a teacher and taught from 1963 until his retirement in 1980. He died in 2009.


Biography derived from collection materials and donor information.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The collection was donated by Clarence H. Lamping's son, John Lamping, in 2017.


No further accruals are expected.

Separated Materials

The following materials have been separated from the archival component and are kept in Objects storage:
  • 2 leather flight jackets
  • Fabric flight helmet
  • Pair of earphone receivers for flight helmet
Additionally, the following items have been separated and are kept in the Library:

  • 385th Bombardment yearbook
  • Book, History of the 385th Bombardment Group
  • 2 issues of Hard Life Herald, newsletter of the 385th Bomb Group Memorial Association, May 1991 and December 1999

Processing Information

Original processing by J.Parent in 2017, further processing by J.Parent in 2020.

2017: Collection arrived in no discernble order. Materials were grouped by format and arranged in loose chronological order.Most folder titles were derived by the processing archivist, original titles are denoted by quotation marks. Photographs were sleeved. Newspaper clippings had photocopies made on acid-free paper. 2020: Newsletters and yearbooks were removed from the archival component and sent to Library.
Guide to the Clarence H. Lamping World War II 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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