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  • Language of Material: English
    Contributing Institution: San Diego Air and Space Museum Library and Archives
    Title: Charles Augustus Hill Personal Papers
    creator: Hill, Charles A. (Charles Augustus)
    Identifier/Call Number: SDASM.SC.10071
    Physical Description: 0.28 Cubic Feet 1 box
    Date (inclusive): 1918-1941
    Date (bulk): bulk
    Abstract: The Charles A. Hill personal papers contain materials relating primarily to Hill's military career during World War I as an Army Air Service pilot and aviation instructor at the 3rd Aviation Instruction Center.

    Conditions Governing Access

    The collection is open to researchers by appointment.

    Conditions Governing Use

    Some copyright may be reserved. Consult with the library director for more information.

    Preferred Citation

    [Item], [Filing Unit], [Series Title], [Subgroups], [Record Group Title and Number], [Repository “San Diego Air & Space Museum Library & Archives”]

    Immediate Source of Acquisition

    The materials in this collection were donated to the San Diego Air & Space Museum at an unkown date.

    Biographical / Historical

    Charles A. Hill served in the Spanish American War and World War I, where he was stationed in France. There he was a commandant of student flying officers and took part in raids until injured in a crash.
    Charles Augustus Hill was born in New Jersey in 1881. An article within the collection, “Who’s Who in American Legion,” puts Hill’s birth in 1883, but the United States Department of Veteran Affairs places his birth in 1881. This source, coupled with his entry date into the army in 1899 have made 1881 the most official birthdate. Hill enlisted as a private in Troop M, Third cavalry during the Spanish-American War and served until 1902 when he was honorably discharged.
    After the outbreak of World War I, Hill reenlisted and was transferred to the air service and was stationed in Issoudun, France. In France he was a commandant of student flying officers in the Third Aviation center and at this time he was also promoted to captain. Shortly thereafter Hill was injured in a plane crash and it was determined that he could not continue with his post in the air service. Hill was transferred to the office of the provost marshal general of the American Expeditionary Forces and then later to the Division of Criminal Investigation. Hill returned to United States in 1919 and was honorably discharged in October of 1920.

    Scope and Contents

    This collection is contained in one archive box 15x2.5x10.5 in. containing 6 folders. Items in this collection, all but four from 1918 and 1919, include military orders and promotions, documents on Hill’s disability and retirement, sheet music, newspaper clippings, identification cards, and a dog tag from World War I. Additionally, there are photographs, with copies on paper, postcards, and original photocopies that are missing their original print. Oversized documents have been placed in a separate folder, but are still housed in the archival box. The collection contains many copies, printed on non-archival paper, that have all been housed by date in the last folder. One letter in the “Retirement and Discharge” folder has been transcribed because the original was showing serious signs of deterioration. The original, the photocopy, and the typed letter all remain with the collection

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    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    World War, 1914-1918
    Issoudun (France)
    Hoboken (New Jersey)
    Flight training
    Aircraft accidents
    Aviation Instruction Center, 3rd (France)
    Hill, Charles A. (Charles Augustus)
    United States. Army. American Expeditionary Forces. Division of Criminal Investigation
    United States. Army. Air Service
    Hill, Charles A. (Charles Augustus)
    United States. Army. American Expeditionary Forces