Davis, L E 1982-02-20

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Jack Davis discusses his experiences as a pilot and flying instructor in World War I.

General Interview Information

Interviewee Name: L. E. "Jack" Davis

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Date: February 20, 1982

Location: Lubbock, Texas

Interviewer: Bill Wilkerson

Length: 50 minutes


Tape 1, Side 1: Background, Born--September 24, 1890, in Illinois, Attended Knox College, Air service, Enlisted in 1917, Attended ground school at Ohio State, Attended flight training school in Fort Worth, Discusses some experiences in World War I and II, World War I Ground School, Extensive training, Long hours, Discusses subjects taken, Navigation by pilotage, Description of airplanes, Training period, World War I Flight Training, Discusses Vernon Castle and his death, Description of air fields, Activities of soldiers, Number of hangers and planes, Difficulty of program, Instruction by Royal Air Force officers, Hicks Air Base, Transferred here for advanced training, Cross-country flights

Tape 1, Side 2: Problems with landing at night, Description of runway, Types of training, Social life in Fort Worth, British instruction techniques, Graduated in fall 1917, Teaching career, Began instructing pilots at primary school, Discusses his teaching experiences, Married while an instructor, Post-World War I, Received special assignment, Attended MIT for further training, After assignment left service

Range Dates: 1890-1919

Bulk Dates: 1917-1919

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