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By Roger G. Miller

ISBN-10: 1410222624

ISBN-13: 9781410222626

On March 15, 1916, the first Aero Squadron arrived at Columbus, New Mexico, its educate steaming into the crowded, chaotic city at 9:15 within the morning. Led via Capt. Benjamin D. Foulois, a lantern-jawed, bantam-weight former enlisted guy, the squadron incorporated 11 officials, eighty-two enlisted males, and one civilian technician. less than Foulois's course, the lads unloaded an car, six bikes, and twelve motor vans, cars infrequent in 1916 New Mexico or even rarer in a military nonetheless wedded to the pony and mule. those have been by way of wood crates containing 8 wooden, cord, and upholstery Curtiss JN--3 biplanes, each plane owned via the U.S. military, store these assigned to its aviation college at San Diego, California. The squadron used to be in Columbus to affix an excursion commanded by way of Brig. Gen. John J. "Black Jack" Pershing. President Woodrow Wilson had ordered Pershing's strength into Mexico according to a March nine assault at the tiny border city through the Mexican desperado, Francisco "Pancho" Villa. the development was once auspicious. For the 1st time, the U.S. Army's complete air force---the 1st Aero Squadron---had deployed for an energetic crusade. the first Aero Squadron performed an important function within the Punitive excursion, yet, in dramatic distinction to how an air strength services at the present time, it served as a way of conversation and commentary, now not as a combatant arm. a few experiments with bombs and computer weapons were performed, and the warfare in Europe used to be quick turning the aircraft right into a severe weapon of battle. however, U.S. military leaders anticipated aviation's basic undertaking to be the receipt and transmission of data for tactical commanders and long-distance scouting as an accessory to the cavalry. consequently, through the cellular part of the Punitive day trip, the first Aero Squadron enabled Pershing to find and converse along with his greatly dispersed, fast-moving columns and carried dispatches among Pershing's major and complicated bases. The squadron additionally scouted for antagonistic forces and saved an eye for threats to Pershing's line of communications. As might be noticeable, those efforts have been made in the various worst climate and poorest stipulations that you can think of, and by way of the top of April, all 8 airplanes were destroyed. in the course of the static part of the Punitive day trip, the first Aero Squadron remained at Columbus, the place Foulois and his males operated a try out and assessment software for a wide selection of airplanes and aviation gear. in the course of either levels of the crusade, the officials and males of the first Aero Squadron discovered classes approximately airplanes, gear, and operations within the box that may be utilized in France lower than a 12 months later.

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Willis, however, was trapped within the wreckage, caught between the engine bed and gas tank. He received a severe scalp wound and bruises on his legs and ankles. The Brock camera was smashed and the plates ruined. Dargue extricated his injured partner, set fire to the wreck, and he and Willis began to walk to San Antonio de los Arenales, about sixty-miles distant. After hiking for two days and nights without food or water, the pair finally struggled into San Antonio de los Arenales on April 21 completely exhausted.

Once on the ground, Foulois ordered Dargue to join No. 45, while he went into the city. As Dargue lifted off, four mounted rurales opened fire on the airplane. Foulois convinced the rurales to halt their fire, but they arrested him and marched him to the city jail, followed by a mob several hundred strong. S. Consul General. After a long wait, Gen. Luis Gutiérrez, the 35 A cool Lt. Herbert A. Dargue posing in front of Signal Corps No. 43 at Chihuahua City. He and the airplane have just been stoned by a hostile crowd.

No. 43 flew to San Geronimo on April 5. After their arrival, Pershing ordered Foulois to scout for his advance columns of troops. Again, the squadron succeeded. About seventy miles south of San Geronimo, Dargue and Foulois found William C. Brown’s command just as it entered Cusihuiriachic Canyon. They 33 Lt. Carleton G. Chapman in Signal Corps No. 53 preparing to takeoff at Casas Grande. 91 On April 6, the 1st Aero Squadron truck train reached the advanced base at San Geronimo, although the machine shop section appears to have remained at Namiquipa.

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