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WORLD WAR I
CASUALTIES OF AMERICAN ARMY

REPORTED ON MAY 3, 1919

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New York Times, May 3, 1919:

FIVE ARMY AVIATORS KILLED IN ACCIDENTS

Airplanes Fall While Making Practice Flights on Their Flying Fields.

4 COMMISSIONED OFFICERS

List of Dead Includes Colonel, Major, Two Lieutenants, and Cadet 
Making Experimental Flights.

  FORT WORTH, Texas, May 2.  Lieutenant James S. Ennis, Jr., of New York
City, and Cadet Paul Herriott of Oakland, Cal., were killed at Camp Hicks 
today when the airplane in which they were making a practice flight fell 
150 feet the aviators attempted a difficult maneuver. The accident occurred 
just an hour before General Grebie and his staff from Camp Bowie arrived to 
witness some "stunt" flying.

  OAKLAND, Cal., May 2.  Paul Herriott, killed today by an aviation 
accident at Fort Worth, was known in nearly every city and town in 
California. He was 32 years of age, unmarried, and a graduate of the 
University of California. In his short life Herriott was a bricklayer, 
cow puncher, college student, newspaper reporter, member of the State 
Board of Control, and Secretary to United States Senator Johnson.

  LAWTON, Okla., May 2.  Lieutenant William Dean Thompson of the 233d Field 
Artillery, a student observer at Post Field, was instantly killed and 
Lieutenant Foster Bailey, pilot, was injured seriously today when their plane 
fell 300 feet. The engine stopped when the men were doing a spiral, and as 
the pilot attempted to coast to a landing the machine went into a tail spin, 
falling to the earth.
  Thompson was married three weeks ago.   His mother lives at Eagle Pass, 
Texas.

  DAYTON, Ohio, May 2.  Major Oscar A. Brindley and Colonel Damm, two expert 
aviation men from the McCook Federal flying field here, met death at the 
Moraine City aviation field here today, when their machine dropped 400 feet 
while making a turn in the air.
  Colonel Damm and Major Brindley had started for an experimental trip, and 
had soared to a height of 400 feet when, witnesses say, in endeavoring to 
make a too sudden turn in the air, the airplane went into a tail spin and 
dropped to the ground. Major Brindley was dead when taken from the machine 
and Colonel Damm was unconscious. He died while being taken to a local 
hospital.
  Major Brindley recently was named as Chief instructor of the American 
aerial forces, and was graduated under the Wright brothers here in 1910. He 
was formerly an exhibition flier until the need for Government aviators 
became pronounced. Both men were attached to the McCook aviation 
experimental field in this city. 

  Lieutenant James S. Ennis, Jr., who met his death yesterday at Fort Worth,
Texas, was born In this city on June 16, 1894. His father is Dr. James Seferen
Ennis, Professor of Laryngology in the Medical Department of Fordham 
University. His brother, Lieutenant Frank S. Ennis, is Acting Flight Commander,
147th Aero Squadron in France, serving under Major Geoffrey Harper Bonnell, 
who is credited with having brought down Boelke, the noted German ace. 
Another brother is George Seferen Ennis, second in charge of the safety
department of the Baltimore Copper Smelting and Refining Company of Baltimore.
  Lieutenant James S. Ennis, Jr., was an honor man of the class of 1915 at
Yale. He did post-graduate work In French literature, Latin, Greek, and
archaeology at the University of Toulouse, France, during 1916 and 1917
until the United States declared war on Germany. He then returned to this
country and volunteered for the aviation service of the United States Army.
He was graduated from the Military Aeronautics School at the Massachusetts
Institute of Technology last October and was assigned for his flying training to
the Royal Flying Corps at Camp Mohawk, where he was a student under Captain 
Vernon Castle. Later he went to Camp Borden in Canada, Camp Benbrook and Camp 
Hicks in Texas. On April 4 last he passed his reserve military aviator test and 
was recommended for a commission. Three days later he was made a Second 
Lieutenant.
   He bad been instructing cadets in flying at Taliaferro Field since April 1.

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