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William Hogan Collection of World War I Aviation Photographs, 1917-1918

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William Hogan collection of World War I Aviation Photographs

About this collection:

➤ William Neil Hogan was born in Pittsburgh, PA on April 29, 1890 to James Hogan and Ida Kunzler. Hogan attended the University of Notre Dame and graduated in 1913. During World War I, Hogan served as a lieutenant and flight instructor in the Air Service of the U.S. Army Corps. From July 1917 through November 1917, Hogan was stationed at Camp Lee, Virginia. In November 1917 he was transferred to the Air Service and sent to the Princeton Ground School in Princeton, NJ. In February 1918, he was stationed at Camp Dix (also known as Fort Dix) near Trenton, NJ and then later Camp Taliaferro near Fort Worth, Texas. Camp Taliaferro was a flight training center run by the Air Service of the US Army. Hogan was honorably discharged on December 16, 1918 at Langley Field in Hampton, VA. In 1920, Hogan married Mary Angela McFadden and had four children, including William Hogan, Jr. William N. Hogan, Sr. was involved in the appliance business and was the president of W.N. Hogan, Inc. and the West Virginia Appliance Company. He died in Wheeling, WV on January 7, 1959 and is buried in Mt. Cavalry Cemetery.

The collection consists entirely of photographs taken while William N. Hogan served in the Air Service during World War I, from 1917-1918. Hogan flew a version of the Curtiss JN biplane, also known as “Curtiss Jennys.” The majority of the photographs depict Hogan, his fellow airmen and the aircraft they piloted at various camps and training schools at which he was stationed. Several of the photographs also depict airplane crashes.

➤ Read more about Hogan on the Archiving Wheeling blog.

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