Travelled to Siberia for the Red Cross but was killed back in California

Francis Nunenmacher

  Francis Warren Nunenmacher (9/9 1896 – 1921)
  C3 branch []
  Son of Emilia Gustaveson & Otto Nunenmacher
  San Francisco
  Stenographer for the Red Cross; advertiser in agriculture; lieutenant, pilot
icon-stop  Unmarried

  Primary sources

Francis grows up in Alameda in Oakland, California. He serves as a pilot in WWI and reaches the rank of lieutenant. After the war he works as a stenographer for the American Red Cross, and in that capacity applies for a passport in 1919 for a journey to Siberia, which will also take him to Japan, China, Manchuria and Russia. The war department approves.

Francis’ signature on his passport application in 1919.

His language is still Swedish. He is 6 feet 1 inch tall, has blue-gray eyes and light brown hair, and at least before his Siberian journey he is said to have a sunburned complexion.

Francis Nunenmacher’s picture on the passport application 1919. Source:

His mother dies while he is away, and on his return he takes up work as an advertiser in farming. He and his sister then move in with their father’s sister Louise C. Marvin in Berkley.

Two years later, in the summer of 1921, Francis is killed tragically in a flight accident during training in Berkley along with his co-pilot Captain McCrae.

Research data

  •  signature: Francis W. Nunenmacher (1919)
  •  name (others’ spellings): Francis W. Nunenmacher (1900-1920); Francis W. Nunemacher (1919); Francis Warren Nunenmacher (1919)
  •  b. Oakland 1896
  •  cens. 1900;1920: 1900; 1920
  •  passport application 1919
  •  flying accident 1921