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Charles Ashby Shoop World War II Collection

Identifier: 2008-04-22
the Charles Ashby Shoop World War II Collection contains textual and visual materials related to the World War II and post-war military service of Charles Ashby Shoop, a liaison pilot with the United States Army 104th Infantry Division.

The bulk of the textual materials is Shoop’s 1942-1945 World War II and 1946-1960 post-war Reserve military service records, which include orders and assignments, promotion recommendations, memorandums and correspondence, and receipts and shipping tickets. Additional textual materials include Shoop’s flight training log book, as well as his individual flight records from 1943-1957; health records, which include physical examination reports; military certificates, including Air Medal citations; and a notebook of flight training materials, which is comprised of both printed documents and handwritten notes, presumably taken by Shoop. There are also three booklets related to the 104th Infantry Division’s timeline and history of service during World War II, as well as assorted ephemera, including European paper currency from Germany and Belgium; a comic strip; assorted tickets from various cabarets, clubs, and restaurants; and various membership cards. A scrapbook, “Wings,” is also included. On the first page is the name “Raymond J. Shoop,” presumably a relative to Charles Ashby Shoop, although an exact relationship cannot be determined. It includes assorted newspaper clippings and has two poems, possibly original works by Raymond J. Shoop.

The collection also holds 70 black-and-white vintage photographic prints. Sizes vary from 2x3” to 11x14” and most do not include captions or identifying information. Duplication occurs. Images are a mix of casual snapshots and posed portraits. They primarily depict military personnel, including Shoop, near aircraft or military buildings. There are also a number of group portraits of military squadrons, including one at Midland Army Air Field that shows the men and aircraft in formation. Other images feature a military aircraft, possibly a Piper L-4 Grasshopper, in flight and on the ground. There are also two aerial photographs, one of which shows bombardment damage to the ground and one which depicts a scenic countryside and includes a handwritten caption on the reverse: “Air view. B[roadmaas?] Hotel.” Three photographs at the end of the collection depict an unidentified pre-teen boy in a uniform while at the controls of an obscured aircraft, and Shoop in his military uniform with his wife.


  • 1942-1960


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.


0.82 Cubic Feet (2 full-width legal size document boxes and 1 oversize folder)

Biographical note: Charles Ashby Shoop

Charles Ashby Shoop was a World War II pilot with the 104th Infantry Division.

Charles Ashby Shoop was born in Kansas City, Missouri on September 14, 1914 to Charles Asprel and Myrtle (Ashby) Shoop. He enlisted in the United States Army on June 19, 1942. Shoop went through basic pilot training at the Army Air Force Liaison Pilot School in Pittsburgh, Kansas from May to August 1943. He then attended the Field Artillery Liaison Pilot Course at Fort Sill, Oklahoma from August to September 1943. Shoop qualified as a liaison pilot on September 23, 1943. He was assigned to the 104th Infantry Division, nicknamed "Timberwolves," on September 25, 1943, and was stationed in Europe during World War II.

Post-war, Shoop worked as an engineer and served in the active reserves until November 1964, when he resigned after a heart attack.

In November 1942, Shoop married Margaret Etzenhouser (1914-1987). The couple had a son. Charles Ashby Shoop died on January 25, 1966.


Collection materials, donor information, and

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Collection was donated by C. Ashby Shoop in 2008.


No further accruals are expected.

Separated Materials

The following materials have been separated from the archival component and are kept in the Library:

  • Astor, G., Terrible Terry Allen, 2003
  • Glines, C., Those Legendary Piper Cubs, 2005
  • Hoegh and Doyle, Timberwolf Tracks, 1946
  • Raines, E., Eyes of the Artillery, 2000
  • Wakefield, K., The Fighting Grasshoppers, 1990
  • Wakefield, K., Lightplanes on War, 1999
  • Yeide, H. The Longest Battle, 2005

Additionally, a large amount of materials, including military patches, medals, pins, as well as military unifrom components such as helmets, jackets, and flight suites, have been separated and are kept in Objects storage. Other materials include an altimeter, bedroll, signal mirror, and first aid pouch. For a detailed list, please contact the repository.

Processing Information

Original processing by Archives staff in 2008. Additional processing by J. Parent in 2020.

2008. Collection arrived in mostly chronological order as arranged by donor; this was retained. Most photographs were sleeved for preservation.

2020. Original file titles were used when provided and are denoted by quotation marks. All other titles were derived by the processing archivist. Materials in Box Two, Folders 7-8 were removed from binder for preservation reasons, although the order of the documents within was retained. All photographs and additional materials were sleeved, including assorted pieces of ephemera in Box Two, Folder 10 and the three items in the oversize folder. The scrapbook in Box Two, Folder 12 was wrapped in tissue for preservation.
Guide to the Charles Ashby Shoop World War II Collection
Completed - Level 3
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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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