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Dodge H. Dean World War II Collection

 Collection — Box: One
Identifier: 2018-00-00-138
The Dodge H. Dean World War II Collection consists primarily of training materials from Dean's service with both the Royal Canadian Air Force and the U.S. Army Air Forces during World War II.

Training materials from Dean's time with the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) from about 1937-1942 make up the bulk of the collection. Included are printed lecture outlines and printed notes on a variety of topics such as airframes; airmanship; airways regulations; armament; engines; instrument training with a Link trainer; instrument flying; maintenance; meteorology; and navigation. Many of the documents include diagrams and some have handwritten annotations. Some documents have the name of "Sgt./Pilot Jarred, A." written on them; his relationship with Dean is unknown. Some of the documents are specific to the RCAF station in Trenton, Ontario. There is also a notebook of Dean's handwritten notes; an examination and syllabus on navigation are tucked into the notebook.

Dean's service with the U.S. Army Air Forces (USAAF) is documented as well, though with fewer materials. Present are memos from the Department of Training at Hendricks Field in Florida; handwritten notes; a Flying Regulations booklet from Moody Field, Georgia; and a variety of bulletins and memos from the flying school at Moody Field. All these materials date to 1942.

A small day-book style calendar from 1950 is present but has been used more like a scrapbook. It includes clippings documenting Dean's military career from about 1937-1943; a few handwritten notes; and three small black-and-white photographs. The photos depict his family's house on Wellesley Avenue in Spokane, Washington; a snapshot of him; and a snapshot of a woman who is likely his mother. The book was possibly put together by his mother. The majority of pages are blank.

Any military service or other flying experiences of Dean's post-World War II are not documented in the collection.


  • 1937-1950


Language of Materials

Aall 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.


0.5 Cubic Feet (One legal-size full-width document box)

Biographical Note: Dodge H. Dean

Dodge H. Dean served with both the Royal Canadian Air Force and the U.S. Army Air Forces during World War II.

Dodge Harry Dean was born April 12, 1916 to Harry H. and Nellie B. (Shinkle) Dean in Spokane, Washington. Dean attended Rogers High School in Spokane. He then graduated from the State College of Washington where he was affiliated with Sigma Nu fraternity. He completed flight training in Pensacola, Florida. From 1937 to 1939 he was in U.S. National Guard Enlisted Reserves but during that time also served as an Aviation Cadet, Sgt. Pilot with the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF). Dean first enlisted with RCAF as an instructor and then joined a fighting squadron. Dean transferred to the U.S. Army Air Forces in 1942 as a first lieutenant. He served as air inspector in Camp Kearns, Utah. Dean also was a B-17 squadron commander in the 15th Air Force in Italy. His squadron completed 50 missions, including ones over Ploesti. Dean returned to the U.S. in February 1945. Stateside, he was assistant training inspector of B-29 gunners in the 79th Training Wing at Harlingen Field in Texas. Dean also piloted many of the stunts in Captains of the Clouds starring James Cagney.

Dean died December 1, 1984 in California and is buried at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery in San Diego, California alongside his wife Mary Helen Dean.

Biographical sketch derived from collection information and records on

Processing Information

This collection has not been fully processed.
Guide to the Dodge H. Dean World War II Collection
Completed - Level 2
Nicole Davis
2022 August
Description rules
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1st edition

Repository Details

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