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  1. My pleasure (you too Patrick). I think it's a topic I can exploit in a future article... Thanks to Chris' hard work posting all of these WWI aviation topics again, I too feel the love -Chuck
  2. Gents - Good afternoon. It's been a while... I have an extreme interest in documenting those EM aviators who served overseas, particularly photos of them wearing their wings in theater. I'll share some! Below is a collage of EM pilots that fit the bill. The top image are 5 enlisted pilots attending a burial ceremony at Coblenz (the fifth EM aviator got cut off when I cropped the scan) - no names. Bottom left image is a to-be-determined EM pilot who was WIA. The guy in the middle opted for a full sized set of pilot wings to tantalize us all of these years late
  3. Chris - This patch is for the 3rd Aviation Instruction Center (AIC) at Issoudun, France...not 3rd Air Park. Any aero Cockade patch with superimposed numbers are for the various AICs run by the American Air Service. Attached is a period article explaining the patch & when it was authorized. - Chuck
  4. Chris - No doubt it's a center piece to my EM aviator collection -Chuck
  5. I should also add the portrait was taken overseas... The ribbons (I'm guessing) are California NG related. There's also an SSI on the left shoulder, but it's too difficult to tell from the angle. I suppose a good possibility is the ASM patch.
  6. Hey Chris. I own this photo. It's ID'd on back to a Charles Souza Here's what I got on Sgt. Souza: Born: Charles Richard Souza DOB: 10.4.96 (California) DOD: 7.5.61 (buried in Bloomington, California) He original enlisted in the California National Guard on February 1, 1916 and then transferred to the Air Service to serve with the 15th Company, 3rd Air Service Mechanics Rgt. until discharge on July 17, 1919. He never received a commission, but opted to remain a flying NCO during his aviation service. -Chuck
  7. Yeah...that's one of those eureka moments that we all know and cherish in the hobby. I was very fortunate to stumble upon a similar studio image of Kindley, but wearing a visor cap. Thank you for that opportunity, Brennan! -Chuck
  8. Not this guy. Sorry David... I certainly would like to see one though! -Chuck
  9. Another aviation portrait for this excellent thread...and further illustration of what I was talking about above. Here's cadet Robert J. Barron. He died in 1917 while trying to rescue two other cadets that went into the water. Barron Field was named in his honor... Note the collar insignia. Same configuration as my last example: both EM collar disc & that early pattern officer's aviation collar pin. Unfortunately, the cap is turned just enough that we can't see the insignia, if any at all. I supposed I need to research further when the Air Service came out with that white cap b
  10. Yes, I believe it's the typical officer pin-back insignia. This seems standard for the pre-war/early war period. I have at least one other image that I date to the same time period as the one above...and both EMs have that same cut out insignia on the cap & collar. Sometime during the war & thereafter, they went to the EM screw post insignia that we're all familiar with. Could this be an indication this guy was a would-be officer? I know they usually wore a thick white cap band at the crown to show they were an aviation cadet.
  11. Damn, John, you're wowing me with some insanely rare photos... Like Eric, I've never seen any USSLS portrait before. The 82nd Chaplain is a given as that's my alma mater Here's another unusual one. This combination of collar insignia is not often seen, if ever. Note the use of both EM & officer aviation insignia. That pattern collar device with the superimposed wings is an early Aviation design which was short lived (ca.1917/18). He also wears an officer variant cap insignia. -Chuck Al - Your Italian Front medic was equally impressive...thanks!
  12. Man, you guys are killing it! Great photos!!! Here's one I've posted years ago in a different thread: An American aviator posing in a Foggia, Italy studio. Note he wears Italian aviation wings instead... He's also wearing the early collar insignia configuration (USR/Signal Corps). Aviators would soon replace the USR/SC collar devices with a standard "US" + a winged prop in place of the crossed signal flags.
  13. WWI Nerd - Here's another example of the Tissot gas mask being worn by a Poilu that I found on the internet: -Chuck
  14. Can you share a scan or two for reference? I'm trying to get a visual of the different materials used... Thanks! -Chuck
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