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Robert E. Richmond Aero Squadron Photographs

Identifier: 2009-04-08-A
The Robert E. Richmond Aero Squadron Photographs is a small collection comprised of two photographs relating to the 371st Aero Squadron. Both images are group portraits of squadron members, one with a hangar of Avro 504 biplanes visible in the background. An insurance policy for Robert Rochmond from the U.S. Treasury Department Bureau of War Risk Insurance, dated December 16, 1917, is also present.


  • circa 1918-1919


Language of Materials

All materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research and is accessible in the Dahlberg Research Center by appointment. For more information contact us.

Conditions Governing Use

The Museum of Flight (TMOF) Archives is the owner of the physical materials in the archives and makes available reproductions for research, publication, and other uses. Written permission must be obtained from TMOF archives before any publication use. TMOF does not necessarily hold copyright to all of the materials in the collections. In some cases, permission for use may require seeking additional authorization from copyright owners. Consult repository for more details.


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The Robert E. Richmond Aero Squadron Photographs are comprised of two group photographs relating to the 371st Aero Squadron, with which Richmond served during World War I, as well as an insurance policy.

Biographical Note: Robert E. Richmond

Robert Emery Richmond appears to have served during World War I with the 371st Aero Squadron, though it is unclear if he remained with the squadron for his entire service. Both photographs in the Museum's collection include the inscription "A.E.F." (American Expeditionary Force) on the reverse, suggesting that Richmond traveled with the squadron to Europe.

Richmond was born January 12, 1886 in Alvarado, California. Prior to and after his military service he worked as a bookkeeper for Crown Willamette Paper Company. He registered for military service on June 5, 1917. He died September 5, 1950 in San Francisco, California. No further information about Richmond is known.

Biographical note derived from collection materials, donor information, and records on
Historical Note: U.S. Army Air Service 371st Aero Squadron The U.S. Army Air Service 371st Aero Squadron was organized in January 1918 at Waco, Texas and was sent to Hazelhurst Field, New York shortly thereafter. In February it was stationed at Garden City, New York, then in March at the Port of Embarkation in Halifax, Nova Scotia. The few sources on this squadron's history suggest that the squadron traveled overseas at this time, and was assigned as Services of Supply troops for the rear. They remained until May 1919, likely as support for the post-war occupation. They returned home and were demobilized at Mitchell Field, New York in June 1919.

The 371st is one of the less documented squadrons of the World War, and it is unknown if Robert Richmond remained with the squadron for his entire service. While the source of these photos did not believe Richmond had served overseas, both photos include the inscription "A.E.F." (American Expeditionary Force) on the reverse, which suggests that Richmond did travel with the squadron to Europe. Because the squadron was assigned to the Services of Supply branch, they would not have seen combat.


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.


No further accruals are expected.

Existence and Location of Copies

Materials from this collection have been digitized and are available at The Museum of Flight Digital Collections.

Related Archival Materials

The following collection from the Museum of Flight also relates to the activities of Services of Supply squadrons in France during and after World War I:

Joseph A. Bossi Collection. Collection contains an event program and postcard relating to Bossi's service in Europe with the U.S. Air Service during World War I.

John Hess Shuman Collection. World War I diary of John Hess Shuman, who served as a member of the ground crew for the U.S. Army Air Service.

Herman J. Sommerhauser World War I Photograph Album. Album of photographs from the World War I career of Sommerhauser in France.
Guide to the Robert E. Richmond Aero Squadron Photographs
Completed - Level 4
A. Demeter
Description rules
Language of description
Processing, cataloging and digitization of this collection was made possible by a Council on Libraries and Information Resources (CLIR) "Digitizing Hidden Special Collections and Archives" grant.
Edition statement
2nd edition

Revision Statements

  • November 2018: Finding aid migrated to ArchivesSpace.
  • March 2022: Addendum (insurance policy) added to the collection; updated biographical information.

Repository Details

Part of the The Museum of Flight Archives Repository

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Seattle Washington 98108-4097

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