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    [World War I]. MSS War Diary of Corp'l Walter Williams, 27th Aero Squadron, Air Service, US Army, 1917-1919.

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    [World War I]. Fantastic Manuscript War Diary of Corporal Walter S. Williams, 27th Aero Squadron, Air Service, United States Army, from the years 1917-1919.

    "Entered Here are my Memories of/ my Service Enlistment Period/ from May 4, 1917 to March 29, 1919. Member of 36. 440." A remarkable account of a soldier's life during World War One from his training in Texas to his service in France. Includes entries of day to day squadron life, military incidents, and several passages of an unusually blatant sexual nature. Appended at the end is a roster of officers and enlisted men who were wounded, lost, or killed in action. A fascinating read. Very good. From the library of John Carroll Collins.

    "We attend health lectures at the Y.M.C.A./ and are shown health movies on V.D. etc./ The Red Cross girls had to attend also, altho/ the Enlisted Men were not allowed to date them. We are supposed to leave women alone but/ the Officers have the Red Cross girls. They have/dances and such but the Enlisted Men have/ to depend on the French stuff or whore houses/ and we are not supposed to frequent them. Human nature demands sexual relief, but do we get it?"

    102 handwritten sides in a ruled school composition book. Walter S. Williams was a mechanic, specializing in salvage detail, with the famed 27th Aero Squadron during World War One. The 27th Squadron is credited with fighting in campaigns, such as the Champagne-Marne defensive, the Aisne-Marne offensive, the St. Mihiel offensive, and Meuse-Argonne offensive. Members of the 27th included men such as legendary pilot Lt. Frank Luke, Jr. (credited with shooting down fourteen German balloons and four airplanes between September 12th and September 29th in 1918), Major Harold E. Hartney, Lt. John K. MacArthur, and Lt. W.B. Wannamaker, each of whom has a mention in Williams' diary.

    "Oct. 1918/ Thurs. 23. Lt. Col. Hartney crashes with the 94th captured/ Hun Fokker 27th C. flight shoots a Hun/ Capt Grant on patrol with C Flight shoots down a Hun as well as one of the other pilots."

    This very legible copy, was most likely transcribed by Williams in the 1930s from his original notes. Binding is worn, but solid, cellophane tape and tape stains in the inner margins of the pages towards the back of the book, some toning, and minor soiling. Bookplate of John Carroll Collins inside front cover. Very good.

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