Combattre Premier De La 464th Aero Squadron. Somewhere in France. Aug 7, 1918.
Jazz bands, gas attacks, and “let’s roll them bones…”
Rare. This item served as a commemorative booklet, a program for an evening of squadron entertainment, and contains a 1-page “snapshot” regimental history of the United States 464th Aero Squadron.
The unit was first formed as the 52nd Aero Squadron. Under the leadership of James U. Sockman, they arrived in France in late October 1917 and became—according to this publication—“one of the best and most notorious bands of warriors in the American Expeditionary Forces.”
Privately printed in Paris in what would have been a very small number of copies.
Description: Combattre Premier De La 464th Aero Squadron. Somewhere in France. Aug 7, 1918.
Paris: Devambez, Graveur. 1918. “Passed by Censor.” Six leaves, i.e., 7 pages of text. 5½ x 7½ inches. Oblong. String-tied in red, white and blue stiff wrappers; a group portrait taken from an original photograph mounted to the front cover. Overall, very good.
OCLC: Bangor Public Library only. “Constituted in the United States Army Air Corps as Air Park No. 4, and assigned to the 2d Bombardment Group, Kelly Field, Texas on 26 June 1922; Concurrently organized with personnel and equipment from the 464th Aero Squadron; Re-designated as the 59th Service Squadron on 25 January 1923. Demobilized on 1 September 1936.” (Wikipedia)