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The 94th Aero Squadron, one of the first World War I American pursuit squadrons to operate over the Western Front and see combat, was highly publicized in American print media and became one of the most famous squadrons in the United States Army Air Service. Organized at Kelly Field, Texas, in August 1917, by April 1918 the 94th was stationed at the Gengault Aerodrome near Toul, France, where it began operations. The squadrons produced eight aces, including Harvey Weir Cook, Reed M. Chambers, Gervais Rauol Lufbery, and Eddie Rickenbacker. The aircraft fuselage insignia for the 94th Aero Squadron was the "Hat in the Ring."




Sieurin, Oke


bulk 1917-1919


Donald Sieurin Sr., Gift, 2016


0.05 Cubic feet ((1 folder))


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This collection consists of 21 black and white photographs (1917-1919) relating to the 94th Aero Squadron during World War I, and one postcard of the Smithsonian Castle, postmarked 1917. The photographs include shots of aces Harvey Weir Cook, Reed M. Chambers, Gervais Rauol Lufbery, and Eddie Rickenbacker, as well as other 94th personnel, officers quarters, the aerodromes, and their Nieuport 28 C1 and SPAD XIII (S.13) aircraft. There are also two photographs relating to Quentin Roosevelt, one of his grave and one of his crash. The photographs are captioned on the back by Oke Sieurin, Cook's aircraft maintenance technician during the war.




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Lufbery, Raoul

Rickenbacker, Eddie, 1890-1973

Topics World War, 1914-1918 -- Aerial operations
94th Aero Squadon


94th Aero Squadron Photographs [Sieurin], Accession 2016-0041 , National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.

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