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103rd Aero Squadron Logbook Collection (Lafayette Escadrille)
SDASM.SC.10236  
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Description
Two of the most prized possessions in the Museum's collection are a pair of logbooks recording events related to the 103rd Aero Squadron from the First World War. These two logbooks give insight into the thrilling combat stories of the squadron, as well as the more mundane day to day activities of its members.
Background
Two of the most prized possessions in the Museum's collection are a pair of logbooks recording events related to the 103rd Aero Squadron from the First World War. The 103rd squadron was the first American combat squadron to see action in the War and was initially comprised of 17 pilots from the famed Lafayette Escadrille, the French squadron made up of mostly American volunteers. One of the logbooks contains a record of the flight operations of the squadron, including hours flown and a narrative about each day's activities. Some of these reports, listed as the "Nature of Patrol" are quite interesting and detailed.
Extent
.5 Cubic Feet This collection contains two original logbooks. Both measures approximately 8.5 x 11 inches and are stored in archivally safe enclosures. They have both been digitized and are stored on the DAMS. The daily activity logbook was transcribed by Steve Ruffin in 2020. The logbooks and the transcription can be viewed on Archive.org
Availability
The collection is open to research, although some restrictions may apply due to the fragile condition of the logbooks.