8th Aviation Instruction Center (Foggia, Italy) Photo Album
Digitized Content

Collection ID:
bulk 1917-1918
Physical Description:
0.21 Cubic feet
(1 box)

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
This collection consists of a 10 by 12 inch black photo album containing snapshots of the 8th Aviation Instruction Center in Foggia, Italy during 1917-1918. The snapshots track an unknown cadet's journey from New York City to Italy, and contains images of cadets in training, base life, and the training aircraft including Caudron bombers. The album contains a small newspaper articles of George Beach, one of the first American casualities in Italy. There are captions below some of the images, but they are very hard to read as they are in pencil. At the end of the scrapbook are photos that appear to be taken when the cadet toured Italy, especially Naples, after the war and images of the family of Jay White, who was then the United States Consul at Foggier.

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
The 8th Aviation Instruction Center, located in Foggia, Italy, provided flight training to American cadets during 1917-1918. Most of the Center's graduates transferred to the Western Front to fly with the American Expeditionary Force. However about 75 remained in Italy under the command of Captain Forego LaGuardia, and were attached to Italian bomber squadrons, marking the first combat bomber operations by members of the US Army Air Service.

Immediate Source of Acquisition
Unknown, Gift?, Transferred to Archives from the Aeronautics Department in 2009

Digital Content

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Preferred Citation
8th Aviation Instruction Center (Foggia, Italy) Photo Album, Accession 2009-0041, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
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 table of terms and types.
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World War, 1914-1918 Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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United States. Army. American Expeditionary Forces Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

Repository Contact
National Air and Space Museum Archives
14390 Air & Space Museum Parkway
Chantilly, VA 20151