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United States. Army. Air Service. Aero Squadron, 24th


The 24th Aero Squadron was formed at Kelly Field, Texas in August 1917. In January 1918 they were stationed at Garden City, New York and that same month left for France via the Port of Embarkation in Hoboken, New Jersey. They performed reconnaissance for the First Army Observation Group, which was formed in September 1918 with the 91st Aero Squadron and the 9th Night Reconnaissance Squadron, flying primarily in Salmson 2A2 aircraft. The 24th was intended to participate in the St. Mihiel offensive but was limited by the inexperience of its new pilots. In late September they relocated to the airdrome at Vavincourt and flew observation during the Meuse-Argonne offensive. They remained at Vavincourt as part of the occupational forces after the armistice, and ultimately returned home to Mitchell Field, New York in August 1919.

Sources and further reading:

Center of Military History, United States Army. Order of Battle of the United States Land Forces in the World War - Zone of the Interior: Directory of Troops, vol. 3, pt. 3. U.S. Government Printing Office, 1988.

Maurer Maurer, ed. The U.S. Air Service in World War I. Maxwell AFB, Ala: Albert F. Simpson Historical Research Center, 1978-1979.

Found in 1 Collection or Record:

Sidney Van Wyck Peters Scrapbook

Identifier: 2011-02-10
Abstract Sidney Van Wyck Peters of Seattle, Washington served with the U.S. Army Air Service, 24th Aero Squadron during World War I. The collection contains a scrapbook album containing photographs and paper ephemera related to his service overseas.

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