Sunday, May 22, 2005

27th Aero Squadron, USA, at Royal Flying Corps

From: Debbie Neece
DearMYRTLE,
My mother had two panoramic pictures in the attic of groups of military men for as long as I can remember and I feel sure that somewhere in the pictures of 163 faces is a grandfather or Great Uncle. The words on the first picture are:

27th Aero Squadron, USA, at Royal Flying Corps Leaside Camp August 25, 1917 No. 633 Photo by Panoramic Camera Company
239 Victoria St. Toronto

And the second picture says:

27th Aero Squadron 1919
"Just back from France"
55 Huns bagged (official)

Can you give me some direction? I appreciate any assistance you can be.

DearDEBBIE,
When Yahooing to find an answer to find out more about the "27th Aero Squadron" I found many links, including:

MAKE A POSTING ON THIS WEBSITE'S GUESTBOOK:
-- 27th pursuit 's Home Page
"An on-line research project and listening post. 2nd Lt. Frank Luke Jr. poses in front of his No. 26 Spad XIII in this photo, taken on Sept. ... some to the general body of knowledge on the 27th ... pilots of the 27th Pursuit Squadron, remembered to history (when ... at all) as "Eagle Squadron" or more commonly "The Balloon ..."
http://www.geocities.com/Athens/Acropolis/7133/

RESEARCH SUMMARY PAGE FOR ABOVE SITE:
http://www.geocities.com/Athens/Acropolis/7133/contents.html

FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THE UNIT HERE:
-- "The 27th Fighter Squadron is the oldest fighter squadron in the U.S. Air Force. As one of three fighter squadrons of the 1st Fighter Wing, the 27th is tasked to provide air superiority for United States or allied forces by engaging and destroying enemy forces, equipment, defenses or installations for global deployment. The unit is equipped with the F-15 Eagle, an advanced air-superiority fighter."
http://www.globalsecurity.org/military/agency/usaf/27fs.htm

READ AN ABSTRACT OF THE HISTORY:
courtesy of SSgt John DesHetler, 1st Fighter Wing History Office, Langley AFB, VA Be patient – this file is large - 101Kb. "-- 1919 ... Major Harold Hartney, formerly 27th Aero Squadron, awarded Distinguished Service Cross [...] Frank Luke, Jr. , formerly 27th Aero Squadron, awarded Distinguished Service Cross and [...]" http://www.1stfighter.org/history/1919.html

BE SURE TO GOOGLE & YAHOO to review numerous additional hits on this fascinating topic.

IDENTIFYING PEOPLE IN AN UNLABELED PHOTO:
This is perhaps the more difficult part of your question.

-- See the MILITARY HISTORY, JOINT, AIR FORCE, ARMY, NAVY, MARINE CORPS & SPACE HISTORY RESOURCES & DOCUMENTS where I found:

-- AIRAU LIBRARY & PRESS AT MAXWELL AIRFORCE BASE http://www.au.af.mil/au/awc/awcgate/awc-hist.htm and in particular http://www.au.af.mil/au/aul/lane.htm


They may refer you to a central archive of photos (with labels) such as is being collected by the US Army Military History Institute at Carlisle: http://carlisle-www.army.mil/usamhi/

-- Get the photo out on the web, and ask people if they recognize it.

Please keep me posted. When you find your answer, let me know, so we can share the "how to" process with my other readers.

Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt :)
DearMYRTLE,
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Bradenton, FL 34207
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