Book Destiny's wings : four months in day bombardment : the story of Lt. Hugh S. Thompson, 96th Aero Squadron, U.S. Army Air Service in World War I / Hugh T. Harrington.
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Call Number D606.15 96th .H37 2019
Media class: Book
Publisher: Gainesville, Georgia : Hugh T. Harrington
ISBN: 9781671124042 1671124049
Signed by author.
Extent: viii, 204 pages : illustrations, map ; 24 cm
"Lt. Hugh S. Thompson belonged to the famous 96th Aero Squadron in World War I. The story of the squadron in 1918 is also his story. Hugh Thompson was one of the ten men who flew five worn out Breguet aircraft into history on the afternoon of June 12, 1918 when they bombed the railway yards at Dommary-Baroncourt, France, completing the first ever U.S. military bombing mission. For three months the 96th Aero Squadron was the only operational U.S. bombing squadron. The squadron's record is one of success, failure, heavy casualties and courage."--
Introduction to World War I -- Who was Hugh Smith Thompson? -- Along the Mexican border -- The Yanks are coming -- Training in the United States : Office training school, Plattsburgh, NY ; Ground school, Massachusetts Institutes of Technology -- Voyage to Europe -- Primary flight training at Tours -- Advanced flight training: Issoudun, 3rd A.I.C. -- Advanced flight and bombing training at Clermont-Ferrand -- After graduation: the 96th Aero Squadron -- Amanty Airdrome -- The first U.S. bombing mission: June 12, 1918 -- The bombing mission -- The early missions -- Major Harry Brown flies into infamy -- The squadron after Major Brown -- Visit with cousin Hugh S. Thompson, 168th Infantry -- Return to the air war -- The St. Mihiel Offensive: September 12-16, 1918 -- Wings of destiny: September 16, 1918 -- The end of the war is in sight -- The aftermath -- The Gold Star Mothers -- 96th Aero Squadron today.