4 edition of A History of the 17th Aero Squadron found in the catalog.
A History of the 17th Aero Squadron
Frederick M. Clapp
January 1990 by Battery Press .
Written in English
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|Number of Pages||171|
If I could summarize one reason the 17th Aero experienced a high degree of casualties in the August-September period, it would be simple: they were assigned the treacherous duty of ground interdiction and low-level fighter-bombing due in large part by their own extraordinary success in the Varsennaere Raid. This can hardly be dismissed as 'inexperienced. It tells of American World War I combat aviation, the aviators, their planes, their aerodromes, their stories and what happened to them after the war. It was redesignated as the 26th Spruce in July I will add units as I research the information from the Army material, and Rod Crossley's book. The electronic weapons officer in the rear seat of the Wild Weasel FG operated a battery of sophisticated electronic equipment which was capable of detecting the emissions from enemy radars and determining the exact location of their sources.
This unit was mustered out of the Army at Vancouver Barracks in January Well worth the read. Isolation The Spruce soldiers in the field were often housed in small camps located far from towns, and often far from any communications at all no Post Offices, no roads, no railroads, not even telephone or telegraph. On its arrival, the 17th Aero Squadron was assigned to the 4th Pursuit Group and was assigned to Croix de Metz Aerodrome on the north side of the city.
It was redesignated as the 20th Spruce in July However, attack orders against known Japanese forces on Formosa were not forthcoming. The enemy were very good pilots and, as the squadron found out later, were one of the most famous of the German organizations and well known for their exploits on other fronts. The unit was demobilized in January at Vancouver Barracks.
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That is simply not the case. All of the Flights were now on the front involved in defending the line against the Germans and from the end of March, all Flights took part in a succession of movements carried out in the face of the enemy advance.
Those who did not had extensive pilot training, having come from the Canadian and university systems with most having roughly 80 hours of flight time in their log books by the time they went to combat.
Your passion for the subject is evident! They were returned to Vancouver Barracks in December and demobilized January Note that this unit was forced out of its location by a fast-moving forest fire in September It should be noted that many of the soldiers working for the Spruce Production Division were "limited-service" men, those who did not meet the physical standards for combat.
I thoroughly enjoyed it and learned a lot. As lumbering projects were completed, parts of this unit were assigned to the 99th Spruce Squadron, specifically in October This unit's location was in the Olympic Peninsula area, but this unit was not one of those moved with the many Spruce units used for the major work later in in Clallam County.
This became invaluable when the 17th began operating as an American unit with the RAF and word came in the middle of the night to move in five hours, they were fully capable of the task. During the month of Julythe unit was redesignated as the 63rd Spruce.
This group was formed in March at Vancouver Barracks. They were paid the same wages as the civilians, minus their Army pay. This group was formed in July at Vancouver Barracks.
Note that there are some illustrations on this page. B Flight, led by William Tiptonhad knocked down 3 machines according to the British victory award claims when he took command.
In Julythe unit was renamed as the 40th Spruce. Since these figures were published after the War, I assume that they reflect the size of the reconstituted 48th Spruce unit. Once these sites were identified, the Wild Weasel aircraft could attack them with a battery of AGM Shrike anti-radar missiles, which were designed to home in on an enemy radar transmission and follow it all the way to its source and destroy it.
The initial duties of the squadron consisted of surveying and building the first sewage and water system, and the first barracks and hangars of the new airfield. There they took part in the Battle of the Philippines —Note: Citations are based on reference standards.
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Synopsis: The 17th Aero Squadron flew Sopwith Camels under British command along the Western Front during the summer of This definitive work on the 17th Aero Squadron in World War I is drawn from a wide range of official and personal sources, including original squadron records (found in an attic!), numerous interviews, letters written home, and half a dozen diaries including one kept by /5(4).
The th was redesignated the 17th Pursuit Squadron in the post-war Air Service and later consolidated with the 17th Aero Squadron in to preserve the history of both pursuit units. The 17th Aero Squadron was activated in August and earned 13 campaign streamers in Branch: United States Air Force.
Aug 21, · A History of the 17th Aero Squadron by Frederick Mortimer Clapp,available at Book Depository with free delivery worldwide/5(3). Feb 07, · Actually, there was a large number of rebuilds (21) and a fair number of transfers (8) from other squadrons sent to the 17th Aero Squadron for what I total as 29 of 72 known Camels -- 40%.
The following 17th Aero Camels were depot recycles or factory rebuilds with new numbers issued: B - repaired at 1ARD F - rebuild of B He was First Lieutenant Lloyd Andrew Hamilton of the 17th Aero Squadron, awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for heroism at Varssonaore, Belgium, in leading a low level bombing attack on a German airdrome 30 miles behind enemy lines on August 13, Thirteen days later Hamilton died in action near Lagnecourt, France.