The 27th Aero Squadron was a United
States Army Air Service unit that fought on the Western Front during World War
1. The squadron was assigned as a Day
Pursuit (Fighter) Squadron as part of the 1st Pursuit Group. Its mission was to engage and clear enemy
aircraft from the skies and provide escort to reconnaissance and bombardment
squadrons over enemy territory. After
the 1918 Armistice with Germany, the squadron returned to the U.S. in June 1919
and became part of the permanent U.S. Army Air Service.
Offering an assemblage of ephemera related to the 27th and World War II, including photostat copies of manuscripts made by Cpl. Walter S. Williams (of Vineland, NJ), “Day by Day Diary account of the 27th Squadron and First Pursuit Group of the AEF, WWI, 1917-1919” along with a “Biography Book Journal of 27th Aero Squadron AEF WWI,” by Williams. Also, Souvenir Program from the film “The Big Parade”; Set of U.S. Government reprints of maps of Omaha Beachhead 6 June – 13 June 1944; 2 journals of The Royal Aeronautical Society, May 1943 & September 1943. Later booklets include, “The World’s First Aeroplane Flights” by C.H. Gibbs-Smith, 1965; “Normandy: The U.S. Army Campaigns of World War II,” “Defense of the Americas,” “Eastern Mandates,” “Sicily;” “Bridging the Imjin, Studies in Military Engineering (1989); “The Miracle of the Helicopter,” by Frank J. Delear, (1961); “The Second World War” by Henri Michel, Praeger Publishers, NY, 1975 (Vol. 2). Several news clippings dealing with aviation, including some about early helicopter development.
Though Williams’ manuscripts are photocopies, the content is quite detailed and fascinating. In small part, “...We saw two German balloons near Labenville. We maneuvered in the clouds, flopped down, burning both. We were then attacked by a number of E.A...We came head on until within a few yards of each other...After a short encounter, he crashed...On patrol to strafe balloons...I attacked with two others a formation of five Fokkers. After firing several short bursts, observed the Hun go down out of control. While at 100 meters, I was attached by two E.A., so I did not see the first E.A. crash. I turned on the other two who were on my tail. Getting on the tail of one but guns jammed several times, and after fixing both could only shoot short bursts...I flew to Verdum, crossed the lines...found a balloon in its nest... I dove on it firing both guns. After I pulled away, it burst into flames...”
Nearly every item is in very good condition. The Big Parade Program is disbound. Some damage to “Bridging The Imjin.”
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