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50th Aero Squadron M1917 Infantry Helmet

Note: This item is currently in storage.

This helmet was worn by Lt. Milton K. Lockwood of the 50th Aero Squadron, who piloted DH-4 aircraft and survived three crash landings.

The 50th Aero Squadron was organized on Aug. 6, 1917 at Kelly Field No. 1, Texas, with 149 men. The squadron received training in engine repair, aerial bombing, gunnery, photography and other instruction at RFC Harlaxton in Lincolnshire, England, before entering combat in France during World War I. The squadron insignia is the Dutch Girl, the trademark emblem of Old Dutch Cleanser. This image was adopted by the men of the 50th Aero Squadron to represent that their focus was to "clean up on Germany" during WWI.

Donated by Mrs. R.S. Goff.

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