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Jack Stokes Ballard

147th Aero Squadron book


The 147th Aero Squadron in World War I - Aviation history of World War 1

The 147th Aero Squadron in World War I: A Training and Combat History of the "Who Said Rats" Squadron 

By Jack Stokes Ballard and James John Parks

Schiffer Publishing, Ltd., copyright 2013, 8.75 x 11 in., 240 pages, hardback

This book was started by James Parks, who began the collection that is now the Vintage Aero Flying Museum, and also the father of current museum director Andy Parks. The book is now completed and published through the work of Jack Stokes Ballard, a friend of the Vintage Aero Flying Museum. Until Ballard's retirement, his career was in the USAF and the aeronautics industry. Ballard holds a PhD from the University of California - Los Angeles and taught history for five years at the Air Force Academy.

From the book jacket:

This book is the first complete history of the American Air Service's 147th Aero Squadron in World War I  and provides, at last, an understanding of the role of this least known unit of the 1st Pursuit Group. This detailed account tells how various individuals responded as volunteers, describes the trials of training in Texas and Canada, explains the often ignored problems of transporting across the Atlantic and English Channel, and then reveals the thrilling, frustrating, and heroic combat actions of the 147th over the Western Front up to the Armistice.

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