Original U.S. WWI Army Air Service Pilot Named Grouping

Item Description

Original Items: One-of-a-kind grouping. This grouping was the belongings of WWI pilot JAMES L HALES, serial number 2438621. Hales enlisted on December 14th, 1917 and was from Philadelphia, PA.

This wonderful grouping consist of the following:

• Leather flight helmet with bulls eye top.
• Pilot’s flying Log Book with entries from 1918-1931.
• 2 x Scrapbooks with hundreds of news clippings, letters, photos, drawings (and more) of American and European wartime service as well as some post war memories.
• Over 30 personal correspondence items in letters to and from his family and friends.
• Inflatable life preserver.
• Photos

Turning the pages of the excellent laid out and preserved scrap books is like taking a journey back in time. This is a wonderful grouping of a pilot that survived the European theatre during the Great War. Collections like these don’t come along often.

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