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    Fantastic WWI 99th Aero Squadron Group

    WWI Service Jacket, Sam Brown Belt and Overseas Hat Identified to Pilot 1st Lieutenant William T. Doran, 99th Aero Squadron.
    Comprising: 1.) WWI officer's service jacket made in Paris by Buisson & Delorme. The jacket features fine wool twill construction and French-made buttons. A beautiful 3 1/2-inch bullion pilot's wing is chain stitched to the tunic above the left breast pocket. Beneath the wing is a small 3/4-inch buffalo pin, the 99 Aero Squadron's insignia. Bullion lieutenant's bars are sewn to the shoulder straps. A wool/felt VI Corps patch is sewn to the upper left sleeve and three service stripes are sewn to the lower left. The collar insignia includes two large pin-back "U.S." devices and only one of two early Air Service Signal Corps officer's devices. 2.) Paris-tailored officer's overseas cap with two button front. A small sterling clutch-back lieutenant's bar is affixed to the left side of the cap. 3.) Brown leather Sam Brown belt. 4.) WWI Victory Medal with three bars: St. Mihiel, Meuse-Argonne and Defensive Sector. 5.) Two 1 2/-inch three-ring binders: one dedicated to research on Doran; the other a history of the 99th Aero Squadron. The research includes copies of photographs, correspondence, documents, rosters, etc. An extensive archive of important reference material. 6) Wonderful black-and-white 4 x 6-inch original photograph of a serious-looking Doran in fur-collar flying suit, goggles and flying helmet.

    William T. Doran was born in Kansas City, Missouri on November 25, 1896. During Doran's third year at the University of Kansas, the United States entered WWI. Doran dropped out and enlisted in the Army. After graduating from flight training school, the newly commissioned 1st Lieutenant set sail for France and was soon part of the original group of pilots that formed the 99th Aero Squadron. The 99th was an observation squadron charged with flying over enemy territory taking photographs. The 99th fought 18 combats, credited with three victories and suffered 13 casualties - 6 killed and 7 wounded.

    Condition: 1.) Very good. The jacket is soiled, mainly from storage with scattered moth holes. The polished cotton lining shows wear and fraying. 2.) Very good. With a few, small scattered moth holes. 3.) Excellent. 4.) Very good. Suspension ribbon frayed in half at the clasp. 5.) Excellent condition.


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    June, 2017
    11th Sunday
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