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She Said "My Dad Flew With The Wright Brothers" Aviation Grouping

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How many times have I been out talking to people and heard outrageous claims.

 

I'm out yard sailing in the early 90's and when I talk to this couple she says

 

" My Dad flew with the Wright brothers."

 

There is a green uniform with wings.

 

Nope they don't have it and not sure who does.

 

I left my card.

 

Some years later I get a call.

 

A Certified True Copy from the Recorder of Deeds

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but for every 1 of those, I probably hear two dozen "my uncle swam ashore on Omaha Beach the night before to blow up a bridge and kill Hitler" or I was in a ranger unit in the pacific that was so secret we were known as a "casual company" to fool the Japs.

 

I remember one day when I was a kid I was with my dad at work. He had to visit the maintenance guy, so we stopped by his office. On the wall was a nice print of a PT boat. My dad asked if he had been on one, and it turned out the guy had been a mechanic in John F Kennedy's flotilla and worked on PT 109. Another guy in the office said, "I was ground crew in Pappy Boyington's squadron." Leaving my poor dad to say "I was just an infantry officer in France. I didn't serve with anyone famous."

 

You just never know....

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His enlistment record.

 

Under "Prior Service" the first one

 

Jan. 6,1911 to Dec. 22, 1913 he was with Bo. M. S.C.

 

Does anyone know what that means ?

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The family wrote to the College Park Aviation Museum

 

Here is what they got back.

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Mr R. was in the Signal Corps Air Service.

 

Early on the Signal Corps was the only branch of service to use airplanes.

 

At one time I located a newspaper article reporting on the very first float plane crash .

 

It included Mr R. as a survivor.

 

Here is the uniform and real photo post cards.

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That just gets cooler and cooler.

 

Long shot, but BO.M. Bureau of Meteorology?

 

I can't find a ref to that name used in the US, but at the time the signal corps did do most of the weather stuff. and weather work seems to have had very close connections to the air service at the start. Or maybe there was a branch in South Carolina?

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m........great uniform and group.i know what you mean,i have heard some crazy tales also.........still do........but you just never know........dave


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