The U.S. World War I Centennial Commission has announced that the 94th Fighter Squadron (yes, THAT 94th), based at Langley AFB VA, will perform a flyover at the dedication of the U. S. World War I Memorial on Friday, April 16, 2021. The 94th of World War 1 fame, & WW1 Ace, Capt. Eddie Rickenbaker's unit, that is now stationed at Langley AFB, Virginia will perform this fly-over.
The U. S. World War I Centennial Commission began planning the Memorial, being installed (appropriately) at Pershing Square near the White House and Pennsylvania Ave., over eight years ago. It was approved by the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts and the National Capital Planning Commission in the autumn of 2019, and is now nearing completion. Until now, the nation's capital has not had a national memorial to those who served in World War I (a memorial on the Mall to D.C. residents who served was started in 1921 and completed in 1926). The Memorial has an estimated completion cost of $50,000,000. Donations can be made here.
Issue Editor Greg VanWyngarden has put together an issue with articles covering French aces (by David Méchin), the effectiveness of bombing campaigns (by Steve Suddaby, whose database on bombing missions is available here), the victories of Leut. D. R. Leopold Anslinger on the Eastern Front (by Marat Khairulin) and a look inside a contemporary memorial album for Eduard Böhme (by Lance Bronnekant) along with a tribute to the late World War I aviation historian and past OtF editor and League Board member Stewart Taylor from Peter Kilduff and others. In addition, the Modeling Corner looks at the evolution of scale model kits, Peter Kilduff reviews new books, and League President Dan Polglaze gives a look at what the League is planning down the road (a hint – you’ll want to renew promptly!).
As President Dan Polglaze said in Between the Lines in Volume 35 No. 3, we (mostly he) have been delving through our back issues to create the first-ever complete Table of Contents for every issue of OTF published to date. In it you'll find titles, authors, volume, issue and page references, and major topics for each article. It's all in the form of an Excel spreadsheet so you can download your own copy and sort, search and modify it as much as you want. Can't wait to get started? Download a copy here. We'll try, now that we've got it, to keep it updated as each new issue comes out, but may fall behind.
Renewal forms, both PDF (for mail-in) and web store, are now available. Mike O'Neal promises another packed year of content, and is pushing to get all the way back on track. He and his team of Issue Editors are hard at work on the next four issues even as I write. So renew now and ensure you get the next year uninterrupted. It's still a bargain at a base price of $65/year (US 4th Class Mail; don't forget to select the appropriate mail option for your location and desired delivery speed). To add a note of realism here, I chose the First Class option, and received Vol. 35 #4 in mid-February while Board members who opted for 4th Class mail were still waiting for Vol. 35 #3. Not us, folks - that's the U. S. Postal Service, who are now charging not for delivery but for storage.
What is in store for 2021? We’re hoping that we can put together an in-person seminar, but that’s still up in the air. We will be publishing more great content. Upcoming articles, at least some of which will appear in 2021, include Lt. Arthur Billard, 13th Aero Squadron; Native Americans in the US Air Service; short histories of one or more of Escadrilles SPA 92, SPA 98, SPA 157; Winslow’s first victory photo essay; accident analysis at Issoudun; Reminiscences of Oskar Kuppinger, bomber observer; Gotha Hunters – A History of 44 Squadron RFC/RAF; and much more.
Volumes 21 through 30 are now being sold at a mere $40/volume, or $15/issue for the single issues. So now is the time to fill in some of the gaps in your collection. Some issues are sold out; there's a line through the cover illustration on those and the we are not offering the volume they would be in. Volumes 31-34 are $60 each, with individual issues $20 a copy. Where they are available, Volumes before Volume 21 are $20 each. Single issues are still $15 for issues in those volumes.