John Wilkey, Jr. collection (1944-1946)

Collection processed and finding aid created by Meg Hixon, August 2012
Manuscripts Division, William L. Clements Library, University of Michigan

Summary Information

Title: John Wilkey, Jr. collection
Creator: Wilkey, John, Jr., 1920-1990
Inclusive dates: 1944-1946
Extent: 14 items
The John Wilkey, Jr., collection is comprised of military documents, correspondence, ephemera, and photographs related to John W. Wilkey, Jr., who served in the United States Army Air Forces during World War II.
Language: The material is in English
Repository: William L. Clements Library, University of Michigan
909 S. University Ave.
The University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1190
Phone: 734-764-2347
Web Site:

Access and Use

Acquisition Information

1997. M-3359.3.

Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.


Copyright status is unknown

Processing Information

Cataloging funded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC). This collection has been processed according to minimal processing procedures and may be revised, expanded, or updated in the future.

Preferred Citation

John Wilkey, Jr. Collection, William L. Clements Library, The University of Michigan


The collection is arranged chronologically, with undated items and photographs placed at the end.


John W. Wilkey, Jr., was born in New Jersey in 1920, the son of World War I veteran John Wilkey and Mary Atkinson of Pennsauken, New Jersey. After joining the United States Army Air Forces at Fort DuPont, Delaware, on March 19, 1945, he served with the 8th Photo Technical Squadron in Germany in 1946. He and his wife Ruby had four daughters: Carolyn, Debra, Barbara, and Mary. After the war, they lived in Newport News, Virginia, where he worked for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). John W. Wilkey, Jr., died on November 26, 1990.

Collection Scope and Content Note

The John Wilkey, Jr., collection is made up of military documents, correspondence, ephemera, and photographs related to John W. Wilkey, Jr., who served in the United States Army Air Forces during World War II.

Mary Wilkey and John Wilkey, Sr., wrote a letter to their son, John Wilkey, Jr., on February 5 and 6, 1946. His mother enclosed copies of letters by Representative Charles Wolverton and Senator Albert Wahl, who responded to her request that they support legislation to discharge fathers currently serving in the military. Wilkey's father expressed his pressing need for his son's help with their wheat farm, and urged him to seek a discharge. The collection also holds Wilkey's official request for a discharge (April 26, 1946) and a special order issued in response by the 40th Bomb Wing headquarters (May 10, 1946), as well as a refund check for 2 cents (January 1945); an undated, printed application for a sugar ration book (not filled out); and an undated, printed advertisement for a commemorative military book. Five snapshot photographs depict John's wife Ruby and their young daughter (April 1946).

The collection contains 3 additional documents: a typed "station notice" containing the order of events for an "Invasion Day rally" (May 19, 1944), a memorandum about "Regulations Concerning Compressed Air" from the torpedo shop at the United States Naval Mine Depot in Yorktown, Virginia (August 26, 1944), and a facsimile of an advertisement for an upcoming publication about the depot (February 1945).

Subject Terms

  • Compressed air.
  • Families of military personnel--United States.
  • Torpedoes.
  • United States. Army Air Forces. Bombardment Wing, 40th.
  • United States Naval Mine Depot (Yorktown, Va.)
  • United States--Politics and government--1945-1953.
  • Wheat farmers.
  • World War, 1939-1945--Campaigns--France--Normandy.
  • World War, 1939-1945--United States.
Subjects - Visual Materials:
  • Infant girls.
  • Wilkey, Ruby.
  • Hawkes, Albert W. (Albert Wahl), 1878-1971.
  • Wilkey, John, Sr.
  • Wilkey, Mary.
  • Wolverton, Charles A. (Charles Anderson), 1880-1969.
Genre Terms:
  • Advertisements.
  • Blank checks.
  • Fliers (printed matter)
  • Letters (correspondence)
  • Memorandums.
  • Photographs.
  • Ration books.
  • Snapshots.

Contents List

Container / Location Title
Box   8, World War II Small Collections  
John W. Wilkey, Jr. collection [series]
Folder   7  
 May 19, 1944-1946 and  undated

Additional Descriptive Data

Related Materials

Auburn University's Special Collections and Archives has a collection of John Wilkey, Jr., letters.


"Obituaries." Daily Press (Newport News, Virginia) 28 November 1990: B2.

United States. National Archives and Records Administration. Office of Records Services--Washington, DC. World War II Army Enlistment Records. Online.