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Lt. Frank S. Ennis and the 147th Aero Squadron

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During World War I, commercial ocean liners were often requisitioned for war service and were converted to troop transports on their way to the Western Front. One such ship was the RMS Cedric of the White Star Line. On March 11, 1918, the Cedric departed Hoboken, N.J., heading for the Romsey Rest Camp in Winchester, England. Among the passengers was 2nd Lt. Frank S. Ennis, a pilot with the 147th Aero Squadron. Along the transatlantic voyage, Ennis contributed to the ship's daily newsletter, "The Flying Circus." The second issue of the March 11 newsletter contains several of his humorous anecdotes and observations, which Ennis noted with check marks. Ennis and the other passengers were also issued General Orders to be followed while aboard ship.

Members of the 147th, flying Nieuport 28s, claimed a total of 61 aerial victories during the war. Lt. Ennis and Lt. Charles P. Porter shared a victory over a German Rumpler bi-plane on Sept. 28, 1918, during the Meuse-Argonne Campaign.

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