William H. Leininger Collection

Summary
Collection ID:
NASM.1994.0025
Creators:
Leininger, William H., 1894-1991
Dates:
1917-1926
Languages:
English
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Physical Description:
1.59 Cubic feet
(1 records center box) (1 flatbox)
Repository:

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
This collection consists of the following material documenting Leininger's World War I career: letters to his family, 1917-1919; a scrapbook containing photographs from his World War I experiences; a 1917 diary; orders and military papers; and his autobiography: 'The Restless Eagle.'

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
William H. Leininger (1894 - 1991) enlisted in the Air Service at Ft. Sill on June 4, 1917. Leininger was the Post Sergeant of the 21st Squadron until his transfer to the Cadet School at the University of Illinois. After graduating from Cadet School, Leininger was first transferred to Kelly Field for flying instructions and then to the 3rd Aviation Training Center at Issoudun, France. Leininger was ordered to the Front with the 9th Aero Squadron where he performed both day and night reconnaissance flights. After the Armistice, Leininger was assigned Squadron Leader for the 166th. In 1919, he was relieved of that command and returned to the United States. After the war, Leininger remained interested in aviation matters, but he did not pursue work in the aviation field.

Administration
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Jane Coates, gift, transferred to Archives in 1993, 1994-0025, NASM

General
General
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Using the Collection
Conditions Governing Access
No restrictions on access
Conditions Governing Use
Material is subject to Smithsonian Terms of Use. Should you wish to use NASM material in any medium, please submit an Application for Permission to Reproduce NASM Material, available at Permissions Requests

Keywords
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Keyword Terms Keyword Types
World War, 1914-1918 Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Aeronautics Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Aeronautics, Military Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Aerial reconnaissance Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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Leininger, William H., 1894-1991 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Kelly Field, Texas Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
United States. Army. Air Service. 9th Aero Squadron Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

Repository Contact
National Air and Space Museum Archives
14390 Air & Space Museum Parkway
Chantilly, VA 20151
NASMRefDesk@si.edu
https://airandspace.si.edu/archives