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Thomas Joseph Ammerman Family Papers

An inventory of his papers at the Pan Am Flight 103/Lockerbie Air Disaster Archives at Syracuse University


Creator: Ammerman, Thomas Joseph.
Title: Thomas Joseph Ammerman Family Papers
Dates: circa 1988-2013
Size: 2 folders
Abstract: Photographs of the Pan Am Flight 103 crash site in Lockerbie, Scotland, and a copy of the PowerPoint presentation given by Bert Ammerman, Tom's brother, for the 25th anniversary of the bombing
Language: English
Repository: Pan Am Flight 103/Lockerbie Air Disaster Archives
Syracuse University Libraries
222 Waverly Ave., Suite 600
Syracuse, NY 13244-2010


Photograph of Thomas Joseph Ammerman

Thomas "Tom" Joseph Ammerman was a 1974 graduate of Villanova, and a marketing manager for the shipping firm United States Navigation Co., Inc. He was returning home after a three day business trip. Tom was survived by his wife, Carolyn Mater Ammerman, and his two daughters, Casey and Jill. He also left behind his mother, Margaret McLoughlin Ammerman; two brothers, Herbert J. Jr. and Robert; and two sisters, Mary Anne Lumley and Catherine Barry. Tom was predeceased by his father, who passed in August of 1988.

Tom was described as "an interior sort of man. There was a quietness, an inner calm and depth of being about him that enable him to be very responsive to people and supportive of them in their needs."

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Scope and Content Note

The Thomas Joseph Ammerman Family Papers consists of photographs and a presentation related to the bombing and crash of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland. The photographs include several images of the Lockerbie, Scotland crash site of Pan Am Flight 103. These photographs feature both the damage caused to the town of Lockerbie, as well as wreckage of the Clipper Maid of the Seas. The presentation was given by Bert Ammerman, Tom's brother, on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the bombing.

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Alternative Formats

Several photographs from this collection are also available as digital files. Please contact the archivist for further information on accessing these materials.

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Access Restrictions

There are no access restrictions for this collection.

Use Restrictions

Written permission must be obtained from the Pan Am Flight 103 Archives and all relevant rights holders before publishing quotations, excerpts or images from any materials in this collection.

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Related Material

The Pan Am Flight 103 Archives contains additional materials and information related to the Thomas Joseph Ammerman Family Papers. Related collections include:

On Eagles' Wings Collection

Pan Am Flight 103 Audiovisual Collection

Pan American World Airways, Inc. Collection

Pan Am 103 Individuals Collection

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Selected Search Terms


Ammerman family.
Ammerman, Thomas Joseph.
Syracuse University -- History.
Syracuse University.


Pan Am Flight 103 Bombing Incident, 1988.
Terrorism -- Government Policy -- United States -- Case Studies.
Terrorism -- Government Policy -- United States -- History.
Terrorism -- Government Policy -- United States.
Terrorism -- History -- 20th Century.
Lockerbie (Scotland)

Types of material


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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Thomas Joseph Ammerman Family Papers,
Pan Am Flight 103/Lockerbie Air Disaster Archives
Syracuse University Libraries

Acquisition Information

Gift of Bert Ammerman in 2013. The materials were donated electronically.

Processing Information

The Thomas Joseph Ammerman Family Papers are fully processed

Finding Aid Information

Created by: Vanessa L. St.Oegger-Menn
Date: March 2015
Revision history: April 2015 - Inventory added (VSOM); Oct 2021 - Stylistic changes (EMB)

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PSC 19 Photographs of the Lockerbie crash sites, first responders, and Thomas Ammerman 1988
 Nose cone of Pan Am 103
 Thomas Ammerman, Pan Am 103 victim
 Bert Ammerman and others in Lockerbie
 Village of Lockerbie, Scotland
 Collapsed roof of building
 View of the A74 highway from Sherwood Crescent
 Sherwood Crescent, Lockerbie
 Sherwood Crescent, Lockerbie (2)
 Burned out car near Sherwood Crescent, Lockerbie
 Burned out houses in Sherwood Crescent, Lockerbie
 Rubble possibly near Sherwood Crescent, Lockerbie
 Damage at Sherwood Crescent, Lockerbie
 Damage to the side of a house
 Rubble around greenhouse
 Glenfinlas, Sherwood Crescent
 Burned out interior of house
 Burned out dresser in house
 Burned out washing machine in house
 Wreckage in burned house
 Burned out car with red caution tape
 Two people in Sherwood Crescent
 Looking towards the damaged houses at Rosebank Crescent
 Chimney and damage
 Damaged buildings, with blue service truck in foreground
 Bert Ammerman
 Debris in yard
 Shattered greenhouse
 Men working to pick up debris
 Men sitting on stone wall, in front of damaged house
 Burnt chimney
 Damaged wall of house
 Fire truck
 First responders having a meal
 First responders being served a meal
 Listening to a report
 Large piece of debris, and first responders
 Police collecting debris
 Debris in field
 Large piece of debris on fence
 Debris on embankment
 Cockpit at Tundergarth
 Cockpit, from Tundergarth cemetery
 Looking down towards Rosebank Crescent
 Looking up towards the cockpit
 Debris around cockpit
PSC 19 Presentation given by Bert Ammerman 2013 September (2) CD-ROMs

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