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95th Aero Squadron (USA) Squadron History


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#1 Han

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Posted 25 February 2011 - 17:48

Hello friends. Please assist in writing ENGLISH text of history of the squadron which will be available to player in the first release of the New Career.
It should contains more than 2500 symbols (no upper limit), and it should describe WHOLE history of the squadron - from fundation till it's history end (amy be even till modern days, like for USAF 94th Aero Squadron for example).
Any additional facts and remarks are appreciated.

So please discuss and post your texts here for 95th Aero Squadron US squadron

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#2 WWBrian

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Posted 26 February 2011 - 09:06

From - http://www.us95th.org/ww1history.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;">http://www.us95th.org/ww1history.html

95th Aero Squadron

The US95th Aero Squadron was assigned to the 1st Pursuit Group of the Army Air Service. The 1st Pursuit Group consisted of the 27th, 94th, 95th and 147th Aero Squadrons.

The US95th Aero Squadron was first organized at Kelly Field, Texas on August 20, 1917. The pilots that were to join the US95th came from many walks in life. Some were already serving overseas in the English and French armed forces, others left college to enlist and still others left their families and jobs to join the cause.

Most US pilots received their flight training in France at bases such as at Tours and Issoudun. Eventually, the training bases at Tours and Issoudun would be run by American instructors.

On February 16, 1918 the members of the US95th Aero Squadron departed Issoudun, France for the front. The squadron received its first group of Nieuport fighters on March 5, 1918; however, the machine guns for the planes weren't delivered yet. But the US95th pilots were itching to get in the air and the war. They would get their chance soon.

The first combat flight mission of the US95th was made on March 15, 1918 at 11:30am. The US95th pilots flew their newly acquired Nieuport 28 fighters. But their fighters were still unarmed, as their shipment of machine guns for the airplanes had still not arrived yet. The flight consisted of Richard "Dick" Blodgett, 1st Flight leader, Sumner Sewall and Charles Woolley. They were accompanied by a French pilot flying an armed Spad 7 fighter. The flight group flew at 16,000 feet to the area between Epernay and Reims to observe allied anti-aircraft fire at the front. Three unarmed flights per day were flown for almost a week.

The aerial fighting was intensive throughout the war. The first aerial victory by a US95th pilot was scored by 1st Lt. Richard "Dick" Blodgett on May 2, 1918 (although he did not receive official confirmation). Less than two weeks later, on May 15, 1918, US95th pilot Richard "Dick" Blodgett was killed in action.

With the first aerial victory by US95th pilot "Dick" Blodgett, the US95th Aero Squadron was entitled to chose a squadron emblem and to paint it on their planes fuselages. Major Davenport Johnson, CO of the US95th, suggested an army mule, as it was the symbol of West Point of which he was a graduate. The men of the US95th approved his suggestion and a kicking mule on a blue circular background was chosen as the US95th Aero Squadron emblem. US95th pilots Edward Buford and Harold Buckley took it upon themselves to obtain a squadron mascot, and they purchased a donkey from a local Frenchman. The new squadron mascot was promptly named "Jake". "Jake" the US95th mascot was quite feisty, like the pilots of the US95th, and he was present at a lot of the squadrons festivities.

It is while the 95th Aero squadron flew out of Saints, France, that Theodore Roosevelt's youngest son Quentin Roosevelt, was shot down and killed on July 14, 1918.

There were 65 confirmed victories for US95th Aero Squadron pilots by war's end.

The end of World War I was followed immediately by a massive demobilization of the U.S. Army Air Service, both in reduction of personnel and dissolution of air units, including the 1st Pursuit Group's 95th Aero Squadron, de-mobilized December 24, 1918. A new 1st Pursuit Group would be formed later.

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#3 Han

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Posted 26 February 2011 - 10:31

Great! Thanks for finding.

Completed, thread unstickied.

Any additional details may be added / corrected.


A question - so, WW1 95th squadron is not directly related with modern 95th squadron and there is no reason to tell after WW1 story of 95th?
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#4 WWBrian

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Posted 26 February 2011 - 11:26

A question - so, WW1 95th squadron is not directly related with modern 95th squadron and there is no reason to tell after WW1 story of 95th?

from – http://en.wikipedia....h_Aero_Squadron" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;">http://en.wikipedia....h_Aero_Squadron

After the war ended on November 11, 1918, the 95th Aero Squadron was demobilized on March 18, 1919.

The 95th Aero Squadron underwent various activations and inactivations over the years and experienced numerous name changes. During World War II, it was known as the 95th Bombardment Squadron (Medium) and was a squadron in the 17th Bombardment Group that provided B-25 Mitchells and crews for the Doolittle Raid and later flew the B-26 Marauder in the Mediterranean Theater of Operations.

After being inactivated on June 25, 1958, it was redesignated as the 95th Reconnaissance Squadron on January 20, 1982 and reactivated at RAF Alconbury in the United Kingdom on 1 October 1982. It flew U-2 and TR-1 aircraft in support of NATO and US Air Forces Europe missions. After the end of the Cold War, the 95th RS was no longer needed and the unit was inactivated on 15 September 1993. This hiatus did not last long as the unit was reactivated on 1 July 1994 at RAF Mildenhall, this time flying the RC-135 Rivet Joint, OC-135 Open Skies and E-4B aircraft.


because it was under so many different name - did not want to confuse user. So only informations retained as 95th AERO SQUADRON was included. Perhaps you may want to include the above as well.
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#5 Han

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Posted 26 February 2011 - 11:51

Ok, will add this notes, thank you!
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