A Happy Warrior. Letters of William Muir Russel, An American Aviator In the Great War 1917-1918.
RUSSEL, William Muir.
Detroit: Printed by Saturday Night Press, Inc. 1919,
First Edition. octavo, tan cloth in original printed dust jacket. T.e.g, (xx), (214)pp., illustrations unpaginated. Printed by Saturday Night Press, Inc., Item #17109
Family memorial volume of Russel's letters home describing his training and experiences as an American aviator in the U.S. Air Service during World War I. Russel, a Cornell graduate, enlisted in April, 1917, and after training in the U.S. sailed for England in October, 1917. After short duty as a ferry pilot he was attached to the 95th Aero Squadron, First Pursuit Group of the American Air Service and immediately went to the front on July 16, 1918, at Chateau Thierry. He was killed on August 11, 1918, and is buried in Courville, France. Photographic reproductions in black and white. The book itself is a very fine almost "as new" copy. The jacket is white coated paper with title, sub-title, publisher, etc. stamped in brown. It also reproduces a US aviator's wing. Although a bit dusty, the jacket is in very nice condition.