World War I: US 39th Aero Squadron, a Canvas side panel from a SPAD XIII with "Pegasus" insignia. American, c.1918.
Lot 1187
World War I: US 39th Aero Squadron, a Canvas side panel from a SPAD XIII with "Pegasus" insignia.
American, c.1918.
Sold for US$ 18,750 inc. premium

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6 Dec 2017, 13:00 EST

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World War I: US 39th Aero Squadron, a Canvas side panel from a SPAD XIII with "Pegasus" insignia.
American, c.1918. A painted canvas side panel from the SPAD XIII of Major L.C.Angstrom by Master Signal Electrician Jack V. Jeffers, the panel with yellow/green camouflage, with an image of Pegasus, the winged messenger, and at upper right 34 German crosses denoting the number of kills for the Squadron, and at lower left six roundels denoting the number of US planes shot down, old varnish, some light scratches to surface with loss of some paint, slight rucking in a vertical line. Framed, unexamined out of frame. 660 x 905 mm;
WITH: a framed small typed explanation of the history of the panel giving details of the lost planes and their pilots, and the names of the seven aces in the squadron.

A historic panel of the Commanding officer of 139th Aero Squadron's SPAD XIII, removed from his aircraft as a souvenir. The 139th was formed in September 1917 in Kelly Field Texas, moved to New York and then on to London and arrived in Tours in March 1918. The 139th acted as a pursuit squadron from June to November 1918, and were in combat regularly, with considerable success. They were demobilized in June 1919.
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