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Old 15 December 2006, 12:10 AM   #1
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Question 28th Aero Squadron 3rd Persuit

I am a member of VFW Lt. Kenneth Bell Post 1053. Lt Kenneth Bell was a member of the 28th Aero Squadron and was killed in action on September 27th 1918. He was involved in a mid air collision with Lt. Buckley another member of the 28th. They were in a operation to take out some of the Hun's balloons during the battle of St. Mihiel. The newspaper account that I have does not list Lt. Buckley's first name. I am also trying to locate a picture of a Spad XIII with the 28th Aero Squadron markings one of which Lt. Bell flew. I am new to posting on sites like this, so please bare with me.

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Old 15 December 2006, 05:59 AM   #2
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The Man you need to contact is; Bob Kazprzak. Bob is the current Pres of the Over the Front chapter in Dayton and has been working on an exhaustive history of the 28th Aero fro quite a while. I'm sure he would be able to help.

Bob's email is: [email protected]

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Old 15 December 2006, 06:05 AM   #3
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If you cannot get an exact answer here, you may want to contact the University of Texas Library. George H. Williams Collection- Gorrel History of the American Expeditionary Force 1917-1918 Air Service.
Evidently it contains a history of the 28th.

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Old 15 December 2006, 08:47 AM   #4
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According to Wings of Honor, Lt. John H. Buckley, 28th Pursuit Squadron, was killed in a crash on 27 September 1918.
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Ken- Welcome to the Forum. I have a 3rd Pursuit Group album put together by Hugh Wynne, mostly with photos of the 103rd, but some on the 28th. Will look and see if there are any 28th A.S. Spad photos in it and I can send you scans if there are. Send me a private message with an e-mail address. May take a while so be patient.

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Old 15 December 2006, 12:35 PM   #6
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I would like to thank you for the information I have gained. Thanks for supplying Lt. Buckley's first name, you would think the newspaper would have had that. But since the newspaper account came from letters sent home and it took almost a month to arrive I guess it is understandable.
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Old 15 December 2006, 08:26 PM   #7
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I don't have any pics of Bell's aircraft but he and Cline flew SPAD S7503. Info from the Gorrell report.

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Cliff- Thanks. Will give me a tail number for the album search.

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HQ of the 1st Pursuit Wing (not 1st PG) - reported on 27 Sept:

Lieutenants Bell and Buckley, 28th Aero Squadron, 3rd Pursuit Group were killed in a collission about 2 miles west of the Group Airdrome while a ptrol was forming in the midst of low clouds.

The weather report from the same office was Heavy rain in the morning, low clouds all day.

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More on the acccident -

27 September
From 13.05 to 14.50 - 8 planes....Patrol Leader Lt. Merrick. Pilots: Lts. Bell, Buchannan, Liles, Stenseth, Meyer, Csaady, Hardy, Buckley. As the patrol was being formed at 3000 meters over the hospital two miles west of the airdrome, Lts. Buckely and Bell collided. From the statements of Lts. Merrick and Meyer the patrol was making left hand circles over the hospital while waiting for Lts. Lisle and Stenseth also to get into good formation before corssing the lines. Lts. Bell and Buckley were see to be going head on towards each other on the same level, then both machines were seen to dive, one making a turn to avoid the other. The left wing of one struck the left wing of the other and both wings were torn off the planes. Immediately both planes fell into a vrille. Upon striking the ground both planes burned and Lt.s Buckley and Bell were killed instantly. After the accident all planes returned to the airdrome with the exception of Lts. Stenseth and Lisles , who joined the patrol of the 213th Sqn.


According to Aeorodrome Modeller Vol 3/4 Buckley's airplane was SXIII S.7644 "24" - not sure if this was the airplane he was flying that afternoon though.

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