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  1. Terry - The DR Eccles with 62 was David Roderick Eccles, born 31 Dec 1899. His family was originally from Canada, but he enlisted in the USN from Brooklyn on 18 April 1917. His home address was listed as 916 52nd St. He was dischared on the 26th of April "to enlist in the Coast Guard", but he obviously never made it that far. He was only 17 when he enlisted in the Navy... I suspect he went to Canada to enlist in the RFC, but I cannot find a record of his border crossing. His parents were Samuel G and Margaret A Eccles, also Canadian nationals. Eccles was with 62 Squadron in
  2. The name sounds familiar... but unfortunately, I came up with only the following... According to "The History of the Ohio State University, The University in the Great War, Pt II Our Men in Military and Naval Service" - the only serviceman with the family name Eccles was Miles Austin Eccles, Engineering 1922 joined the NA on 11 Oct 1918, discharged 11 Dec 1918... Not only is the wings slightly suspect, so is the bio information. A Charles M Eccles, long time resident of Connersville, Ind as the listing suggests our aviator was, is found in the 1930 census. He registered for the dra
  3. Here's a shot of the ceremony at Saints. The Mayor of Saints, of nearby Mauperthuis (where the 95ths officers were billeted in 1918), the local Air base commandant and a host of local townsfolk attended.
  4. Fun thread. The Roosevelt shootdown has been covered quite a lot and I think the account by Alan Toelle in Over the Front is definitive. Here's a previously (first appearing in the OtF article) photo we found on QR's crashed Nieuport. A widely distributed photo - which included commemorative postcards produced by the Germans - shows poor Q's uncovered head, grotesquely broken leg and is devoid of the soldiers in the background. It's also considerably less clear. In 2009, I was in Saints, France - which is where the 1st PG including the 95th were based in July 1918 - and the town s
  5. Last one for today - Lt. Frederick Clarke, Plainfield, NJ. Served at Park Field, Millington, Tenn. Certain this wing badge is US made....
  6. Wing badge attributed to 2/Lt. Sigurd N. Herslof, from Nutley, NJ. This came with a small paper group and his FAI certificate and though uncut and unworn has quite good provenence.
  7. Another clear photo - LT. Theodore D. Parsons from Little Silver, NJ. 3rd AIC Wing badge of Willard S. Brissel from Ridgewood, NJ. Not certain if he got overseas, but this badge and the other collar insaignia that came with it appear US made.
  8. Not sure if this one has been posted prior - Fred Stillman, 2nd Oxford Detachment. 20th Aero, WIA multiple times and POW'd 14 Sept 1918.
  9. Thanks Gentlemen. It's my pleasure to help where I can. This one was right up my alley....
  10. Tobleman was a New Jersey boy, so I have a little background for you. Gustav Henry Tobelman was born 6 June 1894 in Newark, New Jersey. A student at Brown University prior to the war, he graduated with the class of 1917 and was employed as a mechanical engineer. When war was declared in April of 1917, he completed his final year at Brown and enlisted in the U.S. Air Service, mustering in as a Private at Philadelphia on 10th December 1917. His first assignment was to the School of Military Aeronautics at Austin, Texas. Following graduation from the "ground school" course there, he
  11. Cliff (et al) - I'm certain he was with the 7th AIC- Gorrell has him listed there at the end of the war. Not sure how long he was there or if it was just a stop off assignment while awaiting assignment elswhere, but definately listed on the roster at end of war. The PRO records in Kew where no help with service assignments save his training so it took us a while to determine if he was in 18 Squadron or not. JJ probably missed him since he is not listed in the Gorrell list of USAS officers with the British. Not sure where Sloan managed to find him, but he listed him with 18 as you p
  12. Cavdoc83 - Just bumped into this thread. The 213th is one of my particular interests so this is a neat find. Lee's SPAD S.7731 was flown in the post-war by 2/Lt. Philip Kissam. I met Kissam back in the 70's and he gave me the attached manual - notice the serial number penned in in the upper left corner - 7731. I have his footlocker as well - but it does not have the 213th insignia painted on it. The attached painting is of Lees/Kissams S.7731.... Enjoy - Mike
  13. If it turns out to be Rolando Palmedo, here's a photo. From Orange, New Jersey, attended Williams College.
  14. Thanks Cliff. I was happy to snag this one. That gives me both an ID'd NJ pilot and observer tunic....
  15. Lt. Harry Estile Tucker, Booton, NJ, Princeton SMA, 3rd AIC. The photo is orange shifted due to lighting, so the backing looks less blue and the bullion and uniform more orange-ish.
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