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Alan H. Nichols (189 -1918) was a student volunteer for the Standford ambulance corps during World War I. Within six months Nichols switched over to the French aviation service, where he flew a SPAD for the Escadrille 85. He was cited twice and was awarded the Medaille Militarie posthumous. Nichols died of an abdomen wound he received during a patrol run between Compiegne and Soissons in 1918.

Identifier

NASM.1992.0047

Creator

Nichols, Alan H., -1918

Date

1917-1918

Provenance

Alan and Nancy Nichols, unknown, 1992, 1992-0047, Donor

Extent

0.05 Cubic feet ((1 folder))

Restrictions

Donor holds copyright on materials.

Type

Collection descriptions

Archival materials

Correspondence

Manuscripts

Photographs

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of a manuscript, 'Letters Home From the Lafayette Flying Corps,' comprised of Alan's correspondence during the war, his brother Jack's journal, newspaper articles, and sympathy letters to Alan's parents from his friends after his death; two letters from Alan Nichols to W.H. Nichols, September 8 and November 21, 1917; and five photographs taken by Alan in France, circa 1917.

Genre/Form

Correspondence

Manuscripts

Photographs

Rights

Material is subject to Smithsonian Terms of Use. Should you wish to use NASM material in any medium, please submit an Application for Permission to Reproduce NASM Material, available at Permissions Requests

Names

France. Armée. Escadrille Lafayette

Nichols, Alan H., -1918

Topics Aeronautics, Military
Aeronautics
World War, 1914-1918
World War, 1914-1918 -- Aerial operations
Ambulances

Archival Repository

National Air and Space Museum Archives

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