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John DeCamp (1917-2003) was born in Springfield, Illinois. DeCamp was a bomber pilot who served with the 90th Bomb Group, the Jolly Roger Squadron, in the South Pacific during World War II. He received the Air Medal, several Bronze Star citations, and he led the 5th Air Force from the Philippines in bombing Hong Kong. DeCamp graduated from the University of Southern California and was the manager of Labor Relations for Caterpillar, Inc. He was a member of the 90th Bomb Group Association.




DeCamp, John, 1917-2003


bulk 1943-1993


Jane DeCaqmp, Gift, 2005


0.5 Cubic feet ((1 folder))


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Collection descriptions

Archival materials

Logs (records)

Photographic prints

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of the following material relating to John H. DeCamp and his aviation career: color snapshot of DeCamp taken in April 1993 standing in front of a restored Consolidated B-24 (also an eight by ten inch color copy); one black and white eight by ten inch copy print of DeCamp in uniform as a Lieutenant; one eight by ten inch black and white photograph of DeCamp's crew taken 28 September 1944 at March Field; one five by seven tinted photograph of DeCamp standing in front of a North American AT-6 training aircraft; one tinted eight by ten inch copy print of DeCamp's wife Jane, in uniform as an Army nurse; one seven by ten inch black and white photograph of DeCamp's training class taken in front of a Beech AT-7; DeCamp's logbook of his flights from 19 August 1943 through 4 September 1945; one black and white snapshot of DeCamp in the cockpit of a Consolidated B-24; a photocopy of the "Form 1A" and "Badpenny" in formation; and an Illinois State Register article for May 24, 1945.


Logs (records)

Photographic prints


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Topics Aeronautics, Military
Consolidated B-24 Family
Beech AT-7
North American AT-6
World War, 1939-1945


John DeCamp Collection, Accession number 2005-0064, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.

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National Air and Space Museum Archives