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Lansing C. Holden Photograph Collection

 Collection — Folder: 1
Identifier: 2020-00-00-28
The Lansing C. Holden Photograph Collection is comprised of three photographs relating to World War I pilot and ace Lansing C. Holden. The images show Holden in his military uniform and flight clothing from World War I and later. A copy of his obituary is also included.


  • circa 1919-1938

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.


0.01 Cubic Feet (one legal-width file folder)


Lansing C. Holden Photograph Collection includes photographs and a clipping relating to World War I pilot and ace Lansing C. Holden.

Biographical Note: Lansing C. Holden

Lansing C. Holden served as a flight commander of the 95th Aero Squadron during World War I. He is credited with seven air victories and ace status.

Holden was born in New York on October 8, 1896. After serving in World War I, he graduated from Princeton in 1919, then went on to study at Harvard and the Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris. He married Edith Harrold Gillingham of Pennsylvania while in Paris. He made a career as an architect, working in New York and Connecticut.

He served again in the Moroccan war with the Frency Army's Sherifian Escadrille. Over his military career he was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross twice: first on October 23, 1918 near Montigny, France and then on November 4, 1918 near St. Jean de Buzy, France. He also was awarded the Knight of the Legion of Honor cross and the New York Conspicuous Service Cross No. 2076 in 1930. He and fellow war ace Raymond W. Krout were both killed in a plane crash on November 13, 1938 in Tennessee. He is buried in New York.

Sources: Obituary in New York Times, November 14, 1938 and assorted records on

Custodial History

This collection was acquired from Holding's daughter, Penelope Holden.


No further accruals are expected.

Related Archival Materials at the Museum of Flight

The following collections also relate to the 95th Aero Squadron, in which Holden served during World War I:

Norman "Jim" S. Archibald Collection. Collection of correspondence, military documents, photographs, and other materials relating to the life and military service of Archibald during both World War I and II. Archibald served in the 95th Aero Squadron during World War I and later wrote a book about his experience.

Nancy Harkness Collection of World War I Photograph Albums. Three albums of World War I photographs depicting various U.S. Air Service squadrons stationed along the French-German border during and after the war, including the 95th.
Guide to the Lansing C. Holden Photograph Collection
Completed - Level 4
A. Demeter
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1st Edition

Repository Details

Part of the The Museum of Flight Archives Repository

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Seattle Washington 98108-4097

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