On June 17, 1919, The Philadelphia Inquirer reported the arrival of the steamship Liberator in New York.
Among the 2,511 passengers was the 91st Aero Squadron, the first organized long-distance reconnaissance flying unit, commanded by Victor H. Strahm.
The article notes: “They made 144,000 photographic reconnaissance records, and though armed for defence only, brought down 22 German planes in six months.”
Strahm, a Bowling Green native and Western Kentucky University alumna, later flew for Hollywood and in World War II.
He is the subject of “That Perfect Feeling in the Air: The Life of Victor Herbert Strahm,” a biography by Mary Lucas, Gilbert Calhoun and Dr. Jonathan Jeffrey.
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