FRENCH AVIATORS ARE HERE TO TEACH U.S. AIR WARFARE
Washington, D.C. (JFK+50) One hundred years ago tonight, June 19, 1917, a dozen veteran French aviators arrived here in the Nation's Capital to assist in the training of American pilots for warfare in France.
The airmen, led by Captain Deboy-Riven, came also to attempt to convince the Congress of the United States to provide a "liberal...appropriation" for the United States Aviation Service. A proposal to provide $600 million was under consideration by the Congress.
The Chicago Daily Tribune reported that while the visit of the French aviators came as a surprise to the War Department, Brigadier General George O. Squier*, head of the U.S. Aviation Service, welcomed them.
*George Owen Squier [square] (1865-1934) was born in Dryden, Michigan & graduated from West Point in 1887. GOS was awarded a PhD from Johns Hopkins University in 1893.
GOS was Executive Officer to the Chief Signal Officer & in 1907 helped establish the Aeronautical Division. Major General Squier became Chief Signal Officer during WWI & after the war created Wired Radio which became known as Muzak.
"French Aviators Arrive To Teach Warfare in Sky", The Chicago Daily Tribune, June 20, 1917.