Sunday, July 1, 2018

American Aviator Reported Killed -- July 1, 2018

Tulsa Daily World, 27-April-1915
William Thaw II was the son of a Pittsburgh banker.  He learned to fly in 1913 and was in Europe with this Curtiss Hydroaeroplane when the war broke out.  Thaw donated his airplane to the French and joined the Foreign Legion.  When the Lafayette Escadrille was formed, he transferred and became a fighter pilot and an ace.

This 1915 article reported that he had been killed, but he had a successful career during the war and lived until 1934, when he died at the age of 40.  I wonder why his name is hand-printed below the photo.

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