[SIX PHOTOGRAPH ALBUMS, WITH APPROXIMATELY 525 IMAGES DEPICTING THE LIVES AND ACTIVITIES OF THE 88th AERO SQUADRON DURING WORLD WAR I]. [with:] FLETCHER LADD McCORDIC. 1st LIEUT. 88th AERO SQUADRON 1891-1919. A TRIBUTE
1921·[Various places, including Princeton, N.J., Chicago, France, Belgium, and Germany
by [World War I Photographica]
[Various places, including Princeton, N.J., Chicago, France, Belgium, and Germany, 1921. Six volumes, approximately 7 1/4 x 10 inches, comprising approximately 525 photographs, plus one printed volume. Black cloth boards, photos mounted on black construction paper. Two albums lacking front board, one album with front board detached. Some photo mounts detached and chipped, several heavily so. A few photographs chipped and torn, but generally very good. An extensive collection of over five hundred photographs of the 88th Aero Squadron of the United States First Army during World War I. The Squadron was formed at Fort Logan, Co., in 1917, and was assigned to the I Corps Observation Group when it arrived in France in early 1918. The unit's missions were focused on tactical reconnaissance and flight patrol, often with a brief to conduct aerial photography. The squadron remained on active duty in Europe until the summer of 1919, and was stationed at various points including Issoudun, Ourches, Goussancourt, Souilly, and Trier. This photo archive follows the lives and activities of members of the squadron from the ROTC training of several of its officers at Princeton University through the end of their deployment in 1919. Included are pictures of training in several different locales, both in the United States and Europe, and of everyday life for men in camp. Also present are images of a wide array of World War I- era aircraft such as zeppelins and biplanes, photo documentations of a number of plane crashes, and prints of aerial shots presumably taken during the conduct of reconnaissance missions in France and Germany, as well as a large number of group and individual portraits of the men in the squadron. Most photos are captioned, either in manuscript along the photo edge or in the photo itself. One album contains a small collection of ephemera and printed memorabilia relating to the squadron and to military aviation in general. Also included with the photo albums is a printed tribute to one of the pilots of the squadron, Fletcher Ladd McCordic, who was killed in a plane crash at Trier in February 1919, privately printed in Chicago in 1921, with several plates of other photographs. In addition to eulogizing the pilot, the book also provides some details of the squadron's war record. A remarkable collection of photographs from a critical period in aviation history, when military applications for airplanes were first being explored and put into use. (Inventory #: WRCAM51862)
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