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G. H. Frohn World War I Notebook

Identifier: 2001-07-24-A
The G. H. Frohn World War I Notebook contains training notes from Frohn's service in the 32nd Aero Squadron during the war. Topics include magnetism, electricity, regimental communications methods such as signal lamps, French and American phone systems, and other technologies. The notes are interspersed with line drawings of various communications and electrical systems.


  • circa 1917-1918


Language of Materials

All materials are in English.

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0.1 Cubic Feet (1 legal size folder)


Godfrey H. Frohn of Lincoln, Nebraska trained with the U.S. Army Air Service, 32nd Aero Squadron and served overseas with the 341st Aero Squadron during World War I. The collection contains a notebook documenting his studies during training.

Biographical Note

Godfrey H. Frohn of Lincoln, Nebraska served in the United States Army Air Service, 32nd Aero Squadron and later in the 341st Aero Squadron during World War I. He was a sergeant in the 32nd during the time of his training as documented by this collection. He later served overseas in France as a sergeant first class with the 341st.

Biographical note derived from collection materials.
Historical Note 32nd Aero Squadron

The 32nd Aero Squadron was organized in June 1917 at Camp Kelly, Texas. They arrived in France in September 1917 and were stationed at Issoudun through the end of the year. In January 1918 they moved to Bordeaux where they remained through the end of the war and on into March 1919, likely serving the post-war demobilization effort. They returned to the U.S. via Mitchell Field, New York in April 1919, where they were demobilized. The 32nd primarily operated as a Services of Supply aircraft repair unit.

341st Aero Squadron

The 341st Aero Squadron was organized in July 1918 at Camp Greene, North Carolina. They quickly shipped overseas via the Port of Embarkation at Newport News, Virginia in the same month. They arrived in Brest, France in September and traveled to St. Jean de Monts via St. Maixent. Once there the small group was merged with the 2nd Headquarters Detachment. They operated in France primarily as Services of Supply troops through March 1919, building and expanding the camp at St. Jean de Monts. The 341st returned home via Garden City, New York in April 1919 where they were demobilized.

Sources and further reading:

United States Air Force. "32nd Air Refueling Squadron (AMC) Fact Sheet." Retrieved from:

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.

341st. Aero Squadron : Saint-Jean-de-Monts (Vendée), France, A. E. F. Squadron history, circa 1918.


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 Museum of Flight archival collections contain similar World War I-era training notes:

J. M. Wilson Notebook. The J. M. Wilson Notebook contains World War I training notes primarily on aircraft engines.

G. W. Charters Notebooks. The G. W. Charters Notebooks are comprised of three notebooks containing training notes of a World War I Army pilot.

Separated Materials

The following manuals and publications have been separated from the archival component of this collection and are kept in Library storage:

  • Basic field manual : military courtesy and discipline. FM 21-50, June 15, 1942.
  • The Curtiss Military Tractor: Instruction Handbook. Chas. R. Grant and F. R. Lawton.
  • The Aviation Pocket-Book for 1917. R. Borlase Matthews.
  • The Plattsburg Manual : A Handbook for Federal Training Camps. O.O. Ellis and E.B. Garey. 1917.
  • 341st. Aero Squadron : Saint-Jean-de-Monts (Vendée), France, A. E. F. Squadron history.
  • Inverted Menasco Aircraft Engines Engine Handbook for B-4 Pirate, 1931.
  • Handbook of the Marlin Aircraft Machine Gun Model of 1917.
  • Handbook of the Lewis Machine Gun Caliber .30 Model of 1917.
  • Handbook of the Vickers Machine Gun Model of 1915 with Pack Outfits and Accessories.
  • Royal Air Force Technical Notes, Vol. 1: Aeroplanes A-L and Vol. 2, Aeroplanes M-Z.
  • Royal Air Force Notes on Rigging for Air Mechanics, 1918.
    Guide to the G. H. Frohn World War I Notebook
    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
    1st Edition

    Revision Statements

    • November 2018: Finding aid migrated to ArchivesSpace.

    Repository Details

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