Over There in the Air: The Fightin' Texas Aggies in World War I, 1917-1918

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Texas A&M University Press, Nov 30, 2019 - History - 129 pages
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Over There in the Air tells the little known story of the contribution of Texas A&M University to early aviation in World War I. Over two thousand students served in the war in one capacity or another, and of those about 250 were involved in the newest martial development--military aviation. The Agricultural and Mechanical College of Texas, as it was then known, was regarded as one of the top leading academic institutions in the country for contributions to the nation's effort in the Great War.

Through painstaking research--using unit records, after-action reviews, alumni newsletters, and countless other university documents--John A. Adams Jr. paints a portrait of the Aggie aviator in the Great War. Texas A&M aviators flew in European air forces, hunted German U-boats, went on scouting missions, and served as attack pilots. Adams has identified, often for the first time, those Aggies who served and follows them through training, life on the front, and the return home.

While much of the World War I story occurred "over there," just as much took place "over here." Adams explores the home front as well as the battlefront, capturing campus life in the midst of mobilization, recruitment, and a devastating influenza epidemic that claimed as many as fifty campus lives.

Over There in the Air is a riveting book about an important contribution of a university to the World War I effort. It is sure to catch the attention of all Aggies and those interested in aviation history.

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JOHN A. ADAMS JR. '73 is the author or coauthor of numerous books, including Keepers of the Spirit: The Corps of Cadets at Texas A&M University, 1876-2001, Texas Aggies Go to War, The Fightin' Texas Aggie Defenders of Bataan and Corregidor, and Murder and Intrigue on the Mexican Border: Governor Colquitt, President Wilson, and the Vergara Affair. He resides in College Station.

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