43rd Aero Squadron (AEF) Album
This series of photos were obtained from
James Kaiser, son of Fred Kaiser of Muncie, Indiana. It was originally
believed that most of them were taken in France in
1917-18. However, Mr. Kaiser recently spoke with his oldest brother
about their father's album, and according to him.....
"Dad spent the majority of his time in England, not France. The rest
of the time, was aboard ship, trying to get to England. (He was)
Torpedoed once before getting there. Per brother, he didn't like to talk
about the war..."
Little is yet known about the history of these images. It is speculated that the photographer (it is
not know if it was Mr. Kaiser) was part of group of mechanics (as was Mr. Kaiser)
in the 43rd. Many of the
images are of crashed aircraft, and most of them look to have been used for training. I am sure
that as historians from groups such as "Over the Front" have an opportunity to look at
these, more will be learned.
Of special interest to the WW1
scale modeler are a number of pictures of a scale Sopwith Camel model.
Little is know about this, but it appears to be fairly detailed, including
working control surfaces, and possibly a working multi-cylinder engine!
Speculation is that this may be a compressed air motor of some type. Some
have thought that the model may have built by the mechanics/machinists in
the squadron (Mr. Kaiser was a mechanic with the 43rd), or may have been
something produced by the Sopwith Co. for field training. It's hard to
say. The guys at Balsa USA have seen the images of the model, and they
were amazed. They'd never heard or seen anything like it from that
period. The AMA has expressed interest in doing and interview with
James Kaiser (who also lives in Muncie) for a future article. James Kaiser
is a retired Colonel in the Indiana National Guard, his father passed away
Also, take note of the photos
of the captured and Albatross, Rumpler (in British
markings), and Halberstadt .
The image file names are the order in which they were in the album.
Many pages were loose however, and are probably not in much of a
Hopefully, much more can be learned about these images in the near future.
Comments, thoughts and questions can be sent to
Bealmear. We hope to here from you "experts" out there!
Aero Squadron Album