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Jesse R. Crookshanks Flying Tigers Collection

 Collection — Box: One
Identifier: 2001-05-25
The collection includes photographs and assorted reunion publications, circa 1940s, related to the American Volunteer Group (AVG) "Flying Tigers" collected by AVG member Jesse R. Crookshanks.


  • circa 1940s


Language of Materials

All materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research but has not been fully processed. Access to the collection may be limited or may require additional processing time. 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.


0.4 Cubic Feet (1 full-size document box )

Biographical Note: Jesse R. Crookshanks

Jesse Ralph Crookshanks was born on May 8, 1918. He enlisted in the United States Army Air Force on October 9, 1942. Crookshanks was Crew Chief of the 1st American Volunteer Group (AVG) "Flying Tigers,", 3rd Squadron "Hell's Angels."

He married Bernadine Williams (1921-2008) on December 20, 1947. Jesse R. Crookshanks died on February 11, 1991.


Biography derived from collection materials, donor information, and roster information found at the Flying Tigers website.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Collection was donated by Bernadine (Williams) Crookshanks, wife of Jesse R. Crookshanks.


No further accruals are expected.

Related Materials at The Museum of Flight

Robert H. Neale Flying Tigers Collection (Accession 2008-08-29). Collection primarily relates to Robert H. Neale's 1941-1942 service as an ace fighter pilot with the American Volunteer Group (AVG), also known as the Flying Tigers, in Burma during World War II. It is comprised of visual and textual materials, including approximately 470 photographic prints and 61 negatives, military orders and documents, personal documents, and assorted clippings and ephemera. It also includes a significant amount of post-war material related to both Neale and the AVG, dated 1958-2004.

Flying Tigers Association Collection (2001-04-27A). Collection includes materials such as diaries, logs, correspondence, identity cards, and photographic prints. Most of the material is from dates of active service, 1941-1942, but some items are commemorative, primamrily lithographs and reunion materials, circa 1990s.

Separated Materials

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

  • Gold pocket watch with Flying Tigers emblem
  • Gold pocket watch chain


Guide to the Jesse R. Crookshanks Flying Tigers Collection
Completed - Level 1
J. Parent
Description rules
Language of description
Edition statement
2nd edition

Revision Statements

  • September 2020: Updated related agents, corrected minor misspelling.

Repository Details

Part of the The Museum of Flight Archives Repository

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Seattle Washington 98108-4097

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