Collection Ww1 Ltrs & Photos -85th Aero Squadron
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Collection Ww1 Ltrs & Photos -85th Aero Squadron:
Small archive of WW1 letters, photo cards, etc. Corporal Earl N. Buzby, 85th Aero Squadron, France, to family members. [The 85th Aero Squadron was formed on Aug.17,1917 as part of the 2nd Army Air Service]. The letters date from Dec. 1918 to April 1919. Most of the letters are written on American Red Cross American Expeditionary stationery. Some of the content provides, in part: "[March 14, 1919]... The Flying Field has dried up considerably... they are flying every day now... we don't know a thing about going home. There isn't even any rumors around anymore... if anybody mentions anything about corn willie or army strawberries to me when I get home they are liable to get hurt. Also "gold dust" I've had enough of that stuff to last for quite awhile. Gold fish is another A.E. F. special. Its too warm for our Teddy Bear suits so we turned them in and now have another suit of waterproof Khakis. [March 22,1919] ... what makes you think they have taken our motorcycles away from us? ... The airplanes continue to sail around as the weather is better... I am enclosing a program of a big time the 85th had in one of the hangers. We had a full band (30 pieces), a swell banquet, n' everything. Wish you could have seen some of the decorations. A small plane suspended from the roof, a machine gun nest in one corner and from the other part of the roof was suspended a parachute with a dummy hanging from it …[April 29, 1919], he writes of being in the hospital and having x-rays taken of his leg, in part:"The x-ray showed that it is knitted together good but the ends of the bone are not as they should be...." [May 13] ... Two Majors (Medical) came in and started looking each man over. They came to me and the Captain showed them my X-Ray and they said take the case off today... they will decide what to do... Didn't have any trouble like the time you and I was up here on the old Harley Davidson..." [12-19-18] "... Rain... nearly blew away the hangars...as we were going to eat our dinner one of the supports hit a fellow on the back and they had to take him to the hospital... well the news of going home has faded. I turned my motor over to Hamilton, one of our riders, he had his machine stolen.... the wind blew down our mess tent today...." Also included in the group are sixteen small 2 1/4" x 3 3/4" cards with images of bi-planes dating to the 1920's, a group of five Easter postcards send to Earl from family members, all ca. 1919. Other ephemera include his Red Cross Hospital card, and more. Letters, postcards and covers are worn, some tears, and soiling, as expected. Not all items scanned. Buyer pays $3 shipping.