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Russell Watson was a mechanic for the 1st Aero Squadron during World War I. The 1st Aero Squadron was organized in Texas during March of 1913 and served under Brig. General John J. Pershing during the Mexico Punitive Expedition, 1916. During World War I, the 1st Aero Squadron was part of the 1st Corps Observation Group organized in April 1918, and it accomplished successful photographic missions.

Identifier

NASM.1995.0002

Processing Information

Described and encoded by Patti Williams, 2019.

Creator

Watson, Russell

Date

1917-1919

Provenance

Guy E. Watson, Gift, 1994, NASM.1995.0002

Extent

0.2 Cubic feet (1 flatbox)

Summary

This scrapbook contains photographs relating to the 1st Aero Squadron during World War I.

Restrictions

No restrictions on access

Type

Collection descriptions

Archival materials

Aerial photographs

Guidebooks

Postcards

Photographs

Arrangement note

Photo album, folder of postcards, and booklet.

Scope and Contents

This scrapbook with a brown suede cover contains photographs relating to the 1st Aero Squadron during World War I. The images include the following: aircraft; engines; trucks and equipment; graves; trenches; French buildings and landscapes; 1st Aero personnel; aerial photographs; and airfields. This collection also contains a series of French postcards with images of Strasbourg, Nancy, and Metz. There is also a booklet entitled, 'Paris Monumental Metropolitan,' which is a guidebook to attractions in Paris.

Genre/Form

Aerial Photographs

Guidebooks

Postcards

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

United States. Army. Air Service. 1st Aero Squadron

Watson, Russell

Topics Aeronautics, Military
Aeronautics
Aerial photography
World War, 1914-1918 -- Aircraft
World War, 1914-1918 -- Aerial operations
World War, 1914-1918

Citation

Russell Watson World War I Photo Album, NASM.1995.0002, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.

Archival Repository

National Air and Space Museum Archives

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