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Title: Vernon K. Lykken

Dates: 1945

Collection Number:  MSS 10777

Quantity: 1.5 feet

Abstract: Papers include an album and scrapbook containing Lykken’s log, photographs, newspaper clippings, and postcards compiled during his combat tour in the WWII European theatre. Includes aerial photographs of bombing missions over Germany and group photos of him with his flight crew, commanded by Pilot Lieutenant Dulle.

Provenance: Vernon K. Lykken donated his papers were donated to the State Historical Society on January 4, 2000. The diary and photo album were digitized in June 2013.

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BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH

Vernon K. Lykken was born in Grafton (ND) on December 25, 1923 to Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Lykken. After graduating from Grafton High School in 1942, he attended NDAC in Fargo, where he was a member of Alpha Gamma Rho. He also attended Aaker’s Business College, Grand Forks.

Vernon joined the Army Air Corps in October 1943 at Grafton and served as an air gunner on a B-17 Flying Fortress. He flew 17 combat missions over Germany during World War II and also flew several mercy food missions to the starving Dutch. He received the Air Medal with Three Oak Leaf Clusters, the American Theater Service Medal, the European-African-Middle Eastern Service Medal with Two Bronze Stars, and the Good Conduct Medal. He was honorably discharged in September 1945.

He married Carol Yvonne Hultner, East Grand Forks (MN) on February 21, 1948. They resided in Bismarck and had four children: Terry, Randy, Bradley, and Pamela. Carol passed away March 29, 2012. Vernon was employed in heavy equipment sales in the Minot and Bismarck Areas. He was then employed by General Diesel and Equipment Company of Bismarck, and was a vice president and a stockholder.

Sources:

Carol Lykken’s obituary, ca. March 29, 2012
MSS 10873 North Dakota Veterans’ History Project

BOX / FOLDER INVENTORY

Diary (photos 10777-001 – 10777-058)
10777-001            B-17 Flying Fortress American Air Force airplane flown by Vernon K. Lykken
10777-003            Staff Sargent Vernon K. Lykken portrait
10777-008            Upper: “Trigger Lyke”, Vernon K. Lykken in front of B-17
Lower: American Army Air Corps 95th Group in front of airplane, identified: Pint, Pappy, Glenn, Dick, Tony, Tex, Rod, Kirk, and Lyke
10777-011            Upper: Bomber airplanes in flight
Lower: Bomber airplanes in flight with contrails behind
10777-020            American Army Air Corps decoration ceremony, Vernon K. Lykken, far right
10777-027            Upper and lower: Aerial view of Nuremberg, Germany, April 5, 1945
10777-034            Aerial view of Munich, Germany
10777-036            Upper: Lieutenant Dulle’s American Army Air Corps crew in front of a B-17 bomber, April 19, 1945
Lower: Bomber airplanes in flight with contrails behind, taken over the wing of another plane
10777-039            Aerial view of Burg, Saxony-Anhalt, Germany, April 10, 1945
10777-041            Upper: Lieutenant Dulle’s American Army Air Corps crew in front of a B-17 bomber, after the air raid on Germany
Lower: American bombers flying towards their target
10777-043            Upper: Vernon K. Lykken receiving the Air medal Decoration
Lower: Member of the Eight Air Force receiving the Air medal Decoration
10777-044            Member of the Eight Air Force receiving the Air medal Decoration
10777-046            Upper and Lower: Aerial view of cities, Germany
10777-047            Aerial view of city, Germany
10777-051            Aerial view of Bordeaux, France, April 16, 1945
10777-058            Aerial view of Oranienburg, Germany, March 15 or April 20, 1945

Photo Album (10777-059 – 10777-101)
10777-060            Jesus in the clouds with military airplanes
10777-061            Upper left: Lieutenant or Staff Sergeant Harold J. Dulle (“Pappy”)
Upper right: Lloyd B. Thomas (“Pint”)
Lower left: Vernon K. Lykken (“Trigger Lyke”)
Lower right: Technical Sergeant Richard A. Sauccin
10777-062            Upper left: Ernesto Rodriguez, Vernon K. Lykken’s tail gunner
Upper right: Technical Sergeant Tony Kettler
Lower left: Staff Sergeant Hansen(?) Kirkwood
Lower right: Staff Sergeant Howard Stanley
10777-063            Upper left: American flag over hangar
Upper right: Vernon K. Lykken in flight gear in front of “Goin’ My Way” plane
Lower left: Vernon K. Lykken in flight gear on top of “Goin’ My Way” plane
Lower right: Vernon K. Lykken shaking hands at a decoration ceremony
10777-064            “Goin’ My Way” in flight
10777-065            All: aerial views of unidentified cities in Europe
10777-066            Upper left: Military airplane propeller in flight
Upper right: Military airplane dropping bombs somewhere over Europe
Both lower: unintelligible
10777-067            All: aerial views of unidentified cities in Europe
10777-068            Upper left: Airplanes in flight viewed from over a plane wing
Upper right: Military airplane
Lower left: Military airplane in flight
Lower right: “Goin My Way” on tarmac
10777-069            All: Military airplanes in flight, Europe
10777-070            All: Military airplanes in flight, Europe
10777-071            Upper left: Vernon K. Lykken kneeling atop the cockpit of “Goin My Way”
Upper right: Vernon K. Lykken standing on the wing of “Goin My Way”
Both lower: Vernon K. Lykken standing next to “Goin My Way”
10777-072            Upper left: Aerial view of mountain range, Europe
Upper right: Aerial view of hills and rivers, Europe
Lower left: Aerial view of unidentified city, lake, and mountains, Europe
Lower right: Aerial view of unidentified city and farmland, Europe
10777-073            Upper left: Aerial view of unidentified mountain range, Europe
Upper right: Aerial view of unidentified mountains and lake, Europe
Lower left: Aerial view of unidentified city, Europe
Lower right: Aerial view of unidentified mountain range, Europe
10777-074            All: Aerial views of unidentified cities and farmland, Europe
10777-075            Upper left: Aerial view of farmland, Europe
Upper right: Aerial view of unidentified city and farmland, Europe
Lower left: Aerial view of farmland, Europe
Lower right: Aerial view of unidentified towns and farmland, Europe
10777-076            Upper left: Aerial view of unidentified city and military airplane, Europe
Upper right and both lower: Aerial views of unidentified city, Europe
10777-077            Upper left: Prisoner behind chain link fence, Europe
Upper right: Crowded military camp in field, Europe
Lower left: Young child standing by railroad tracks, Europe
Lower right: People standing beside a bus full of passengers, Europe
10777-078            All: Military airplanes in flight, Europe
10777-079            Upper left: Military plane and paratroopers in sky, Europe
Upper right: Two military planes in flight, one probably with an engine fire
Lower left: Military airplanes with contrails behind, Europe
Lower right: Military airplanes in flight, Europe
10777-080            Both upper: Aerial views of aid packages on ground, near Amsterdam, the Netherlands
Lower: Aerial view of aid packages on ground, near Valkenburg, the Netherlands
10777-081            Upper left: Poet’s Corner, Westminster Abbey, Westminster, London, England
Upper middle: West Towers’ façade, Westminster Abbey, Westminster, London, England
Upper right: Interior of Westminster Abbey Museum, Westminster Abbey, Westminster, London, England
Lower left: Choir stalls, Westminster Abbey, Westminster, London, England
Lower middle: High Altar, Westminster Abbey, Westminster, London, England
Lower right: Henry VII Chapel, Westminster Abbey, Westminster, London, England
10777-082            Upper left: Tomb of the Unknown Warrior, Westminster Abbey, Westminster, London, England
Upper right: Shrine of Edward the Confessor (King/St. Edward), Westminster Abbey, Westminster, London, England
Middle: Plaque of the Tomb of the Unknown Warrior, Westminster Abbey, Westminster, London, England
Lower left: Cloisters, Westminster Abbey, Westminster, London, England
Lower right: Coronation Chair, Westminster Abbey, Westminster, London, England
10777-083            Upper left: Hart Street, Henley-on-Thames, England
Upper right: Marsh Lock, Henley-on-Thames, England
Lower left: Swimming pool, Henley-on-Thames, England
Lower right: Friar Park, Henley-on-Thames, England
10777-084            Upper left: The Fair Mile Road into Henley-on-Thames, England
Upper right: Southwold Beach, Southwold, England
Lower left: Grand Hotel and North Parade, Southwold, England
Lower right: Church of Saint Andrew, Walberswick, England
10777-085            Upper left: Westminster Abbey, Westminster, London, England
Upper right: U.S. Eight Air Force group, Vernon K. Lykken back far left
Lower left: Mount Rushmore, Keystone (SD)
Lower middle: American Air Force soldier using a camera
Lower right: Two unidentified soldiers in a train car and a man standing in front of the car
10777-086            Upper left: U.S. Eight Air Force group, Vernon K. Lykken back far left
Upper right: Group of American Air Force soldiers and dog, Vernon K. Lykken, far left
Lower left: Three American Air Force soldiers, Vernon K. Lykken, center
Lower right: Group of American soldiers                                                                                                   
10777-087            Upper left: Group of American Air Force soldiers, Vernon K. Lykken, front, center
Upper right: Vernon K. Lykken on the shoulders of three unidentified American Air Force soldiers
Lower left: Vernon K. Lykken, left, and two unidentified American Air Force soldiers, all smoking cigars
Lower right: Unidentified soldier
10777-088            Upper left: Vernon K. Lykken, left and unidentified American Air Force soldier
Upper middle: Unidentified American Air Force soldier
Upper right: Vernon K. Lykken, left and unidentified American Air Force soldier
Lower left: Barracks and buildings
Lower right: Interior of building with posters on the wall
10777-089            Upper left: Welcome sign, Deming (NM), August 7, 1945
Upper right: Gold Street, Deming (NM), August 7, 1945
Lower left: Saint Ann Catholic Church, Deming (NM), August 7, 1945
Lower right: Mission Café, Deming (NM), August 7, 1945
10777-090            Upper left: Central Bar, Deming (NM)
Upper right: Swamp, August 7, 1945
Lower left: Florida Mountains, Luna County (NM), August 7, 1945
Lower right: Swamp, August 7, 1945
10777-091            Upper left: Flight line on tarmac, American Air Force planes, July 2, 1945
Upper right: Crashed American Air Force plane, Mexico, February 11, 1945
Lower left: Crashed American Air Force plane, “The Feather Merchant”, July 4, 1945
Lower right: Aerial view of American Air Force planes on runway
10777-092            Upper left: Crashed American Air Force plane, March 3, 1945
Upper right: Crashed American Air Force plane, February 5, 1945
Lower left: Cockpit interior of crashes American Air Force plane, February 11, 1945
Lower right: American Air Force plane receiving repairs in hangar, May 27, 1945
10777-093            Six American Air Force officers after receiving the Air Medal, Vernon K. Lykken, front, right
10777-094            Upper left: American Air Force hangar and plane, May 27, 1945
Upper right: American Air Force soldiers being served a pancake breakfast, Mess Hall, Deming Airfield, Deming (NM),                 March 25, 1945
Lower left: Proposed location for new hangar, Deming Airfield, Deming (NM), March 9, 1945
Lower right: American Air Force soldier eating supper, Mess Hall, Deming Airfield, Deming (NM), March 25, 1945
10777-095            Upper left: Two cooks and prepared food, Mess Hall, Deming Airfield, Deming (NM), March 25, 1945
Upper right: Water cooler and coffee urns, Mess Hall, Deming Airfield, Deming (NM), March 25, 1945
Lower left: Icebergs in water, mountains in background
Lower middle: American Air Force soldiers being served dinner, Mess Hall, Deming Airfield, Deming (NM), March 25, 1945
Lower right: Two unidentified soldiers leaning on an automobile
10777-096            Upper left: “Goin’ My Way” in flight
Upper right: Lieutenant Dulle’s American Air Force crew, Vernon K. Lykken, front, far right, in front of “Goin’ My Way”, April 19, 1945
Middle: “Goin My Way” in flight
Lower left: Lieutenant Dulle’s American Air Force crew, Vernon K. Lykken, front, far right, in front of “Goin’ My Way”
Lower right: USS West Point, during World War II, bound for Liverpool, England, July 19, 1944 (postcard)
10777-097            Upper left: Crashed American Air Force plane, June 14, 1945
Upper right: Air Force Barracks, Deming (NM), Florida Mountains in background
Lower left: American Air Force airplanes in flight lines
Lower middle: American Air Force airplane preparing for flight, Deming (NM)
Lower right: American Air Force airplanes in flight lines, Deming (NM)
10777-098            Lieutenant Dulle’s American Air Force flight crew, Vernon K. Lykken, front, far right, in front of “Goin’ My Way”, April 19, 1945
10777-099            Aerial view of Deming Air Force Base, Deming (NM), July 11, 1945
10777-100            Upper far left: Icebergs in water
Upper near left: Two unidentified American Air Force Soldiers with a small iceberg
Upper near right: American Air Force planes in line on tarmac
Upper far right: Unidentified American Air Force Soldier
Lower far left: Vernon K. Lykken, in front his gunner position on “Goin’ My Way”
Lower near left: Unidentified American Air Force soldier
Lower near right: Pilot Lieutenant H. J. Dulle, Jr., in cockpit of “Goin’ My Way”
Lower far right: American Air Force plane “Goin’ My Way”
10777-101            Upper far left: Vernon K. Lykken sitting by swimming pool
Upper near left: Vernon K. Lykken and two American Air Force soldiers
Upper near right: Two unidentified American Air Force soldiers
Upper far right: New automobile
Lower left: People swimming in pool
Lower middle: Group of American Air Force soldiers
Lower right: U.S. Highway 75 road sign, Iowa

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