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Chris Liontas

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About Chris Liontas

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    US WWI Aviation, The US 32nd Division in World War I, and Imperial German pre 1900 helmets and uniforms

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  1. Amazing group Chris! dumb question, did these guys volunteer for the flamethrower units or were they just assigned randomly? Were they just considered a pioneer assignment position, or specialized?
  2. I’d ask Randy Trawnik at Age of Kings. If he doesn’t know he will know who does.
  3. Great helmet and history Chris! What a find to get them both together. Honestly if COL J says the plate is good, it’s good. He’s amazing at the history and wear of the plates and covers. What would flanderengrippe be? Like a trench foot?
  4. Wow Chris! That is a great find! Was this taken on the Italian front? I notice the Austrian and German uniforms.
  5. The colors ended up with a collector in South Africa. Mervyn was very pleased with were they went I believe.
  6. Why are we allowing an advertisement for a sale to be posted here on this forum? We have separate areas for this, why is it being posted in the United States Militaria section rather than in a for sale section?
  7. Ok lets try this again! Again, this trunk was found in an old house and was sold to a dealer. Once found, the aviation helmet and golden wings were removed from the tunics, the one on the Navy uniform is a replacement. Morris Dry was born in Mexico, Missouri. He attended the University of Missouri and was in both ROTC and the marching band. Here is his ROTC uniform and band uniform from the University of Missouri. The ROTC uniform has both the ROTC patch, and the U of M collar brass. Morris after graduation would join the US Navy and train at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and graduate with class 25, 20 Aug 1918. MIT Class photo, with names above most photos. Morris is also mentioned in the book Flying Officers of the USN 1917-1919. Attached is his photo. Morris' white Navy Dress uniform along with close ups of the buttons and shoulder boards After graduation, Ensign Dry was assigned as a instructor and bombing instructor at Pensacola Naval Air Station for the duration of the war. There he taught flight and bombing on Curtis HS1 flying boats. He would do that until dischare at the end of the war where he returned to school and received his Law degree from Harvard. Practice bombs, one painted with an American Roundel and Morris' navigation wheel. Uniforms And the final prize to the group, the insignia off of Ensign Dry's flying boat. There are three squadrons that I know of from Pensacola at this time. This is the only insignia I know that survives, possibly the US Navy museum there has one. The fabric appears a heavy linen, different than the others I have seen from combat aircraft in France. It feels like a much heaver weave. The insignia shows the American eagle attacking the Kaiser's eagle. It has amazing detail for the time frame, and thankfully was stored on the top of the trunk was it was never folded or smashed the way so many other fabrics were.
  8. my edits and photos crashed! I'll get the photos downsized and try again
  9. I wanted to post this for a Jaba. This is my only US Navy WW1 group. I could. It resist it though as it is a complete trunk group along with the fabric insignia of his aircraft. Ensign Dry kept all his uniforms which makes this trunk quite a time capsule. The trunk was rescued from a house that was to be demolished. All the contents were listed on the inside of the trunk in 1964. Sadly the flight helmet and the original gold wings were removed from the group. I placed a stand in, but the originals were gone by the time I saw the group
  10. Front and back - marked with number 4330 Possible repair. Doesn’t look like it but it seems like there is more material under the wing. I don’t see a break though. Possibly I am seeing things French made “half” wing for observer/bombardier
  11. The observer badge is numbered in the low 4000’s. It could be a post war 1919-20 badge; I’m not sure of the issue numbers for actual wartime I’m going to look them up.
  12. I was lucky enough to have a friend offer me this tunic. Lt Peak trained to be a pilot but when planes were not available he volunteered to fly as an observer/bombadeer with the French (where he accounted for one victory). The write up from New England Aviators explains his war service much better than I could. The most interesting thing about LT Peak was his service with Graves Registraion after the war. He was liaison to the French for identification and repatriation of US war dead. It’s an interesting subject to read about, as it was the first time the US government attempted to bring so many war dead home. Also, it appears the US insulted our French allies (unintentionally) during the repatriation process. A poignant time in WW1 history. Write ups
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