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John F. Wade Second World War memorabilia collection

 Collection — document-box: 1, Folder: 1-3
Identifier: 2016-019-s-r

Content Description

This collection contains memorabilia collected by Sgt. John F. Wade, USAAF during and after the Second World War. A photo album contains 130 original black and white photographs capturing glimpses of Sgt. Wade's wartime experiences on air bases in the European theater, most of which are mounted with corner mounts (more than 30 are laid in loose with some duplicates). The photographs are of Sgt. Wade's many stations while serving in France, Belgium and Germany from 1944-1945: St. Marie Du Mont, Le Mans, Epernay, Reims, Meuse, Louvain, and Kassel.

The collection also contains ephemera collected from the time and a pictorial book that shows the history of Sgt. Wade's unit, the 9th Air Force Service Command. Inventory:

1 identification card, John F. Wade, certificate of WWII service, with gold pin with a star and wings

1 photo album

1 pamphlet, "Going Back to Civilian Life," August 1945

1 pamphlet, Veterans Information Center

1 card, South Pasadena Drum and Bugle Corps

1 card/flyer, VFW Dance

1 note, form note from Dwight Eisenhower to Allied Expeditionary Force after the war

1 menu, Christmas dinner, 1956

1 book, The Ninth Air Force Service Command: In the European Theater of Operations, A Pictorial Review

1 transportation card, "Army Service Forces Transportation Corps, New York Port of Embarkation, dated November 17 and 25, 1945


  • 1944 - 1956

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

There are no restrictions on the use of this material except where previously copyrighted material is concerned. It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain all permissions.

Biographical / Historical

Sgt. John Frederick Wade, USAAF was born in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada on October 18, 1917 and was a resident of Bell, California during the Second World War. Also known as Jack, his father Frederick Wade was Canadian born with Scottish ancestry, and his mother Doris was English which gave Sgt. Wade British nationality that he would maintain during and after serving in the United States military. He petitioned for naturalization on March 14, 1946 in Los Angeles, California and passed away in Downey on December 9, 2002.

John Wade worked as a plumber until 1940 with his father and brother in the family owned plumbing business. He entered the United States Army on September 29, 1942 and served as a member of the 36th Fighter Group, 9th Air Force Service Command in France, Belgium and Germany from 1944-1945, where he earned the rank of Sergeant and an honorable discharge on December 6, 1945.

Sgt. Wade's unit served in the European theater until after the end of the Second World War, eventually taking on occupation duties. Following the D-Day invasion of France, the 36th Fighter Group operated primarily as a P-47 fighter-bomber organizations as part of the 303rd Fighter Wing, XIX Tactical Air Command. Operation missions included strafing and dive-bombing armored vehicles, trains, bridges, buildings, factories, troop concentrations, gun emplacements, airfields, and other targets. The group earned a Distinguished Unit Citation for operations on September 1, 1944 when, in a series of missions, it attacked German columns south of the Loire in order to disrupt the enemy's retreat across central France to Dijon. In October, the group moved into Belgium to support the U.S. Ninth Army. The 36th participated in the Battle of the Bulge during December 1944 and January 1945 by flying armed reconnaissance and close-support missions, aided in the U.S. First Army's push across the Roer River in February, and supported operations at the Remagen bridgehead and during the airborne assault across the Rhine in March. The group received a second Distinguished Unit Citation for performance on April 12, 1945 when, operating through intense anti-aircraft fire, it relentlessly attacked airfields in southern Germany, destroying a large hangar and numerous aircraft. By V-E Day, the 36th was based at Kassel/Rothwesten airfield in Germany where it remained until February 1946 as part of the United States Air Forces in Europe Army of Occupation. Sgt. Wade returned to the United States in November, 1945 according to a transportation card included in the collection.


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Language of Materials



This collection contains memorabilia collected by Sergeant John F. Wade, United States Army Air Force during and after the Second World War. Included are a photo album, identification card, pamphlets and pictorial book about Sgt. Wade's unit, the 9th Air Force Service Command.


This collection is arranged by material type: Series 1: Photo Album--Series 2: Ephemera.

Physical Location

Leatherby Libraries, Special Collections.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased from The Book Shop, 6/16/2016.

Condition Description

The photo album has loose pictures and some torn or discolored pages.

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Repository Details

Part of the Frank Mt. Pleasant Library of Special Collections and Archives, Leatherby Libraries Repository

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