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Archie M. Hanson of Normal gave up his farm irrigation work in Texas to enlist and was assigned to Austin, Texas, where he trained for three months in the aviation officers training camp.

February 16, 1918, he was ordered to the Concentration Camp at Dallas, Texas, to further complete his studies in machine gunnery, wireless and various other essentials to the aviator. Hav- ing been commissioned lieutenant, was or- dered to Chanute Field May 20 for flying, aerial photography and study in the theory of flight.

August 1 he moved to Wilbur Wright Field at Dayton, Ohio, and to Garden City, L. I., September 10, thence proceeding overseas for advanced training at Issoudon aerial field, arriving there Octo- ber 26.

There he prosecuted his training in bombing, gas drill, pistol practice and other work. Just as he was ready for active service against the enemy after a strenuous year of preparation, the armistice ended the war and Lt. Hanson in company with thou- sands of others, experienced the disappointment of being unable to clash with the enemy flyers.

However, the period of duty was greatly enjoyed and he was able to see considerable of Europe before he was permitted to return to his home and be discharged.


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