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Wallace Downs McCrane (1896-1975) enlisted on 14 December 1917, and arrived at Kelly Field on 26 December 1917. After his training at Kelly Field was completed, McCrane was sent to England and assigned to the 153rd Aero Squadron. In September of 1918 he was then transferred to France, where he became a member of the 224th Aero Squadron. In both squadrons, McCrane both flew as an observer and was a Signal Electrician. He returned to the United States in 1919, and after his discharge began his career at Exide Batteries as a metallurgist. McCrane also joined the Coast Guard Auxiliary during World War II and patrolled the Philadelphia Port / Delaware River.

Identifier

NASM.1999.0007

Creator

McCrane, Wallace Downs, 1896-1975

Date

1918-1924

Provenance

Edna McCrane and Marion Wolanek, gift, 1998, 1999-0007, unknown

Extent

0.45 Cubic feet ((1 legal document box))

Restrictions

No restrictions on access

Type

Collection descriptions

Archival materials

Photographs

Postcards

Publications

Correspondence

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of the following items relating to the World War I aviation career of Wallace McCrane: two oversized rolled photographs of the 153rd and 224th Aero Squadrons; photographs; postcards; military orders; book, entitled 'Collected Materials for the Study of War'; reunion materials; and letters / postcards from a WWI Belgian Soldier to Edna Pick (the future Mrs. McCrane.)

Genre/Form

Photographs

Postcards

Publications

Correspondence

Rights

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Names

Kelly Field, Texas

United States. Army. Air Service. 153rd Aero Squadron

United States. Army. Air Service. 224th Aero Squadron

McCrane, Wallace Downs, 1896-1975

Topics World War, 1914-1918 -- Aerial operations
World War, 1914-1918
Air pilots
Aeronautics, Military
Aeronautics
Aerial reconnaissance

Archival Repository

National Air and Space Museum Archives

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