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  • Language of Material: English
    Contributing Institution: San Diego Air and Space Museum Library and Archives
    Title: John Dohm Personal Papers
    source: Dohm, John
    Identifier/Call Number: SDASM.SC .10037
    Physical Description: .2 Cubic Feet One archive box which contains 5 folders. 12.25” x 10.25” x 2.5”
    Date (bulk): bulk
    Abstract: John Dohm worked with TWA and Pan American Airlines as a Navigator. He also was an instructor in the Army Air Corps.

    Scope and Contents

    This collection is a combination of memorabilia from three different family members: John Dohm, his wife Rachel Zweng Dohm, and his father-in-law, Charles Zweng. One archive box (12.25”x10.25”x2.5”) contains 5 folders with magazine articles, manuscripts, flight maps, newspaper clippings, and photographs from 1940s to 1980s that had belonged to John Dohm.
    One oversize box (20.75”x16.75”x3”) contains one photo album that had belonged to Rachel Zweng Dohm, two scrapbooks that had belonged to Charles Zweng, as well as one photographic portrait and one “shellback” certificate that both had belonged to John Dohm.

    Conditions Governing Access

    The collection is open to researchers by appointment

    Conditions Governing Use

    Some copyright may be reserved. Consult with the library director for more information.

    Preferred Citation

    Please credit the San Diego Air and Space Museum's Library and Archives

    Biographical / Historical

    John Dohm was born on September 5, 1916 in Bloomington, Illinois; the son of Louis and Gertrude Killian Dohm. He graduated from Trinity High School in Bloomington, and attended Illinois State University.
    He was an author, navigator for TWA, aviation consultant, editor, and Technical Director of Pan American Navigation Service. Dohm also served with Air Transport command during WWII as a navigator.
    Dohm married Rachel Zweng, of Glendale, California in 1940 with a small ceremony of only friends and family. Shortly after their honeymoon, they lived at 853 West North Street, in Decatur, Illinois. Rachel’s father, Charles A. Zweng, was a recognized authority on air navigation and former instructor in the U.S. Army Air Corps. He was also the founder and director of the Pan American Navigation Service in North Hollywood, California.
    John Dohm died in Cambridge, England on August 11, 1986 while attending a summer session at Cambridge University.

    Immediate Source of Acquisition

    The materials in this collection were donated to the San Diego Air and Space Museum.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Trans World Airlines
    Pan American World Airways, Inc.
    World War, 1939-1945
    Dohm, John