8th Aero Squadron

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The 8th Aero Squadron was a Air Service, United States Army unit that fought on the Western Front during World War I.wikipedia
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Selfridge Air National Guard Base

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After a short period of training at Kelly Field, the squadron moved to Selfridge Field, Michigan, on 5 July 1917.
The first pilots were members of the 8th and 9th Aero Squadrons, and Captain Byron Q. Jones was the first commander at Selfridge.

IV Corps Observation Group

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There the squadron became part of the IV Corps Observation Group and was attached as a Divisional Observation Squadron to the First Division.
A second squadron, the 8th Aero Squadron, was assigned to the group on 31 August.

List of Air Service American Expeditionary Force aerodromes in France

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129, Headquarters, Second Army, was received relieving the Squadron from the II and VI Army Corps, with instructions to proceed by truck train to the 1st Air Depot, Colombey-les-Belles Airdrome, for preparation to return to the United States.

Kelly Field Annex

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The 8th Aero Squadron was drawn from enlisted personnel of the 2d Company "I" Provisional aviation camp, Kelly Field, Texas.

Toul-Croix de Metz Airfield

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On 29 September, the entire IV Corps Group moved up to Croix de Metz Aerodrome, situated about two kilometers northeast of Toul, Meurthe et Moselle, France.

Ourches Aerodrome

On 31 August the squadron was moved by train to Ourches Aerodrome from which it would fly combat missions.
It was completed by 135th Aero Squadron on 30 July, 24th Aero Squadron on 6 August (soon to join US First Army Air Service on 22 Aug), and 8th Aero Squadron on 31 August; the group performed the same battlefield reconnaissance missions as I Corps's Group had during the St. Mihiel Offensive, then moved closer to the lines at the end of September during the Meuse-Argonne Offensive.

Amanty Airdrome

After a short stay, it was classified as a Corps Observation squadron and ordered to the 1st Observation Group School at Amanty Airdrome, arriving on 31 July.

Airco DH.4

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At Amanty, the squadron was equipped with American-made Dayton-Wright DH-4 aircraft, the second squadron equipped with the aircraft to reach the Western Front.

Saizerais Aerodrome

On 23 October, the squadron was moved to Saizerais Aerodrome and attached to the VI Army Corps, where shortly after arrival it was joined by the 354th Aero squadron.
The 354th Aero Squadron moved to Rhineland, while its second squadron, 8th Aero Squadron, had already left in late November 1918.

John Gilbert Winant

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In 1917, he joined the United States Army Air Service, trained as a pilot, and commanded the 8th Aero Squadron (Observation) in France, with the rank of captain.

Western Front (World War I)

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The 8th Aero Squadron was a Air Service, United States Army unit that fought on the Western Front during World War I.

World War I

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The 8th Aero Squadron was a Air Service, United States Army unit that fought on the Western Front during World War I.

First United States Army

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The squadron was assigned as a Corps Observation Squadron, performing short-range, tactical reconnaissance over the IV Corps, United States First Army sector of the Western Front in France, providing battlefield intelligence.

Second United States Army

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IV Corps was transferred to the United States Second Army in October 1918 for a planned offensive drive on Metz which was cancelled due to the 1918 Armistice with Germany on 11 November.

Metz

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IV Corps was transferred to the United States Second Army in October 1918 for a planned offensive drive on Metz which was cancelled due to the 1918 Armistice with Germany on 11 November.

Armistice of 11 November 1918

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IV Corps was transferred to the United States Second Army in October 1918 for a planned offensive drive on Metz which was cancelled due to the 1918 Armistice with Germany on 11 November.

United States Army Air Service

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The 8th Aero Squadron was a Air Service, United States Army unit that fought on the Western Front during World War I.

United States Air Force

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The current United States Air Force unit which holds its lineage and history is the 8th Special Operations Squadron, assigned to the 1st Special Operations Wing, Hurlburt Field, Florida.

8th Special Operations Squadron

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The current United States Air Force unit which holds its lineage and history is the 8th Special Operations Squadron, assigned to the 1st Special Operations Wing, Hurlburt Field, Florida.

1st Special Operations Wing

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The current United States Air Force unit which holds its lineage and history is the 8th Special Operations Squadron, assigned to the 1st Special Operations Wing, Hurlburt Field, Florida.

Hurlburt Field

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The current United States Air Force unit which holds its lineage and history is the 8th Special Operations Squadron, assigned to the 1st Special Operations Wing, Hurlburt Field, Florida.