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Lloyd R. Lyckman Photographs and Papers

Identifier: 2000-10-16-430
The Lloyd R. Lyckman Photographs and Papers relates to United States Air Force Staff Sergeant Lloyd R. Lyckman's training and service in World War II, as well as his post-war service in Japan. It is comprised of photographs, manuscripts, and other assorted ephemera.

The first series, Photographs, consists of approximately four hundred seventy-five (475) photographs, many of which Ssgt. Lyckman took himself during his time in Japan. Many of the photographs include typed and/or handwritten captions on the back which detail the time, place, and subject of the photograph. Some photographs include stamps on verso from the United States Army Air Forces.

The snapshots depict scenes around Nagoya (Japan), including city streets and people of Nagoya, and the surrounding Japanese countryside, including many aerial shots featuring Mount Fuji. There are some photographs of the Higashiyama Zoo and Botanical Gardens, featuring scenic shots of the flora, concrete dinosaur statuary, and snapshots of monkeys, elephants, and a raccoon. Other scenic shots include various Buddha statues and shrines near Nagoya, Japan.

Additionally, the photographs depict various aircraft in flight and on the ground, including the Stinson (Aircraft) L-5 Sentinel, Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress, North American AT-6 Texan, and the Stearman (1927) PT-13 Kaydet (Model 75). There are snapshots of military personnel, as well as portraits, including graduation and squadron photographs. Identified people include Major General Kenneth Wolfe, Corporal Morisako, and Staff Sergeant Arthur Shaffer. Staff Sergeant Lloyd R. Lyckman is also captured in several snapshots, in both military activities and during leisure time. Military buildings, such as hangars and barracks, are also featured. One (1) image shows military personnel on Iwo Jima on Mount Suribachi. Thirty-eight (38) photographs, mostly from the early to mid-1940s, feature a few photographs from Lyckman's time at Randolph Field (Texas), where he completed his flight training during World War II. There are also images of other bases, including Keesler (Mississippi) Air Force Base and Knollwood Air Field (North Carolina). There are a few shots of unidentified aircraft carriers and other ships in the water.

At the end of the Photographs series, there are also two sets of hand-colored photographic postcards featuring Mount Fuji and Kyoto, as well as a numbered series of twelve (12) photographs of outhouses with poetry on each image.

The second series consists of a small amount of manuscript items, including printed ephemera such as a brochure for Denison, Texas, blank letterhead for the 72nd Liaison Squadron, a menu for a 1948 banquet held by the 158th Liaison Squadron, and a sheet with the lyrics to the official Army Air Corps song by Robert Crawford. There are also two (2) flight calculators and a sketch, likely by Lyckman, of an unidentified airplane. Also included is an album titled Record of L-5 Ferry Flight Muskogee (AAF) Okla. to McChord Field, Tacoma, Wash, which includes a route map and photographs, with captions, from locations along the route. There is also a binder of maps for various air fields, air ports, and cities across the United States.


  • 1933-1949

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.


0.6 Cubic Feet (1 full-width letter size document box, 1 half-width letter size document box, and 1 oversized folder)


Lloyd R. Lyckman (1914-1993) was a Staff Sergeant with Army Air Forces 158th and 72nd Liaison Squadrons during World War II and post-war in Japan. The collection contains photographs, assorted manuscripts, maps and printed ephemera related to his training and military service in Japan.

Biographical Note: Lloyd R. Lyckman

Lloyd R. Lyckman was born June 28, 1914. He may have joined the Army Air Force prior to World War II. In World War II, he served as a pilot rising to the rank of Staff Sergeant. Lyckman served with the 158th and 72nd Liaison Squadrons, which flew with the Ninth Air Force in Europe during the war. After the war, Lyckman spent some time with the 158th Liaison Squadron, which was stationed in the post-war period at the Nagoya Air Field in Occupied Japan. SSgt. Lloyd Lyckman died in San Angelo, Texas on February 15, 1993.

Note on Arrangement

The original organization and order of the Lloyd R. Lyckman Photographs and Papers cannot be verified. The photographs in this particular collection seem to have been stored in groups of related subjects, and this order has been preserved as much as possible during the arrangment and preservation of the collection.

Custodial History

The Lloyd R. Lyckman Photographs and Papers was originally donated to the Champlin Fighter Museum in Arizona. The Champlin Museum closed in 2003 and the entire collection was transferred to The Museum of Flight.


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 in Objects storage:
  • Paint set in wooden box
  • Small green canvas satchel
  • Framed print of ships off Thule, Greenland
  • Two (2) small boxes of camera parts
  • Pair of leather gloves
Guide to the Lloyd R. Lyckman Photographs and Papers
Completed - Level 3
L. Zaborowski, J. Parent
Description rules
Language of description
Edition statement
2nd Edition

Revision Statements

  • 2018: This finding aid has been revised to reflect updated DACS and Museum of Flight standards.
  • 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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