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Glenn E. Zimmerman World War II Collection

Identifier: 2000-10-16-307
The Glenn E. Zimmerman World War II Collection is comprised of material related to Zimmerman's 1942-1946 World War II service.

The collection contains Zimmerman's military identification card with case, which includes a black-and-white portrait of Zimmerman, as well as a leather Honorable Discharge wallet. The wallet housed two (2) documents, including Zimmerman's 1946 Notice of Separation from the United States Navy and a form letter from then-Secretary of the Navy James Forrestal expressing gratitude for Zimmerman's wartime service.

The collection also contains a small amount of ephemera, including two (2) holiday greeting cards with menus for Christmas 1943 and Easter 1944 at Norman (Oklahoma) Naval Air Station and one (1) menu for Thanksgiving 1943 at New Orleans (Louisiana) Naval Air Station.

At the end of the collection are twenty-one (21) black-and-white photographs, circa 1942-1946, of Naval aircraft and a U. S. Navy dirigible, including images of Grumman F4F Wildcats, General Motors (Eastern) FM-2 Wildcats, and Beech GB-1 Travellers. Some of the photographs have numbers printed on the back and two (2) are stamped as "Official Photograph Not to Be Used for Publication by Order of Chief of the Bureau of Aeronautics." The aircraft are depicted in flight and on the ground. There is one (1) photograph of what may be a captured Nazi aircraft. Based on the landscape in the background, it is likely that most of these images were taken while Zimmerman was stationed at the Quillayute Naval Auxiliary Air Station in Washington state.


  • 1942-1946


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.


0.2 Cubic Feet (1 half-width letter size document box)


Glenn E. Zimmerman (1912-1993) served with the United States Navy as a pilot during World War II. The collection contains photographs, holiday greeting cards and menus, military records, and military identification card from his 1942-1946 military service.

Biographical Note: Glenn Zimmerman

Glenn Ellsworth Zimmerman was born in Cambridge Spring, Pennsylvania on March 18, 1912. After high school he attended college and earned a degree in Industrial Engineering. He served in the United States Navy during World War II, entering as a commissioned officer in November 1942 and eventually rising to the rank of Lieutenant. He served at the Naval Air Stations in New Orleans, Louisiana, Norman, Oklahoma, and Quillayute, Washington during the war. Zimmerman died on July 3, 1993 in San Diego, California.

Custodial History

This collection was originally donated to the Champlin Fighter Museum in Arizona. The Champlin Museum closed in 2003 and their entire collection was transferred to The Museum of Flight. The original organization and order of this collection cannot be verified.


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.

Separated Materials

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

  • Flight goggles
  • Radio headset
  • Microphone cord
  • Three (3) Military pins
  • Garrison cap
  • Flight helmet, brown fabric
  • Flight helmet, brown leather
  • Two (2) Drafting set in case
  • Rolling scale
  • Navigational computer
  • Three (3) Navigational plotters
  • Navigational protractor
  • Two (2) Navigational rulers
  • Two (2) Life jackets
  • Goggle cleaner
  • Flight mittens
Guide to the Glenn E. Zimmerman World War II Collection
Completed - Level 3
L. Zaborowski, J. Parent
2014, 2018
Description rules
Language of description
Edition statement
2nd Edition

Revision Statements

  • November 2018: Finding aid migrated to ArchivesSpace.

Repository Details

Part of the The Museum of Flight Archives Repository

9404 East Marginal Way South
Seattle Washington 98108-4097

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