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    Incredible Photograph Album Compiled by a Pilot in the 147th Aero Squadron Who Later Died of Injuries Sustained After Being Shot Down Over France in WWI. Lt. Emile J. Vadnais completed his flight training at MIT on October 20, 1917 and arrived in France in 1918. He was assigned to the 147th Aero Squadron and while engaged on scout duty in July, 1918 engaged in combat with a German aircraft and was shot down. He succumbed to his injuries a couple of years after the war's end. The album measures 13" x 10" and includes several examples of ephemera, including Vadnais's MIT flight school certificate as well as a detailed contemporary newspaper article of his life and death, but the real treasure is the approximately 200 black-and-white images of varying sizes featuring aircraft, crashes, machine guns, nurses, scenes of Paris, pretty French women, and extraordinary shots of 147th Aero Squadron personnel, as well as other Aero Squadron pilots posed next to their aircraft. Most photographs are hand-captioned and identify individual pilots of the squadron. Most images are mounted to the album page by the corners, a few are missing, and a few are loose and laid-in. The album has become disbound but the contents, including photographs are in very good condition. This album would provide hours of research possibilities. From the collection of Dr. Douglas Harman.

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    June, 2013
    8th Saturday
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