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John Wallis Bishop Collection

Creator:
Bishop, John Wallis (Jack)  Search this
Names:
Great Britain. Royal Flying Corps. 66th Squadron  Search this
Roosevelt Field (N.Y.)  Search this
Bishop, John Wallis (Jack)  Search this
Extent:
0.25 Cubic feet (1 slim legal document case)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Diaries
Photographs
Publications
Maps
Date:
1918-1936
Summary:
John (Jack) Wallis Bishop was born June 8, 1892, in Berlin, Maryland. He was trained as a pilot at the US Army School of Military Aeronautics at Cornell University in 1917 and subsequently enlisted in Canada and was assigned to the 66th Squadron of the Royal Flying Corps (RFC) at the front for 14 months in northern Italy. He shot down two enemy aircraft and participated in 22 low altitude bombing raids. In the 1930s, he became a flying instructor and pilot at Roosevelt Field. Bishop was killed in a flying accident at Roosevelt Field on August 30, 1936. This collection contains materials from Bishop's career as a pilot, including a diary, logbooks, newsletters, permits, photographs, and articles.
Scope and Contents:
This collection contains materials from John Wallis Bishop's career as a pilot. World War I era materials include photographs, a diary of his overseas service, a logbook, newsletters and programs from the 66th Squadron of the Royal Flying Corps, a booklet of aircraft silhouettes, an aerial map of the northern Italian front, and his permission to depart from the United Kingdom and return to the United States. Materials from his later career include logbooks, a pilot permit and physical examination certificate, and a book of tickets for excursion flights with Bishop. Other materials include an article from the November/December 1931 edition of The Military Engineer entitled "Two-Fifths of an Ace," describing Bishop's exploits with the 66th Squadron, an in memoriam article, an article about Annette Gipson, and a genealogy of Samuel and John Bishop.

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Arrangement:
This collection is arranged in chronological order.
Biographical / Historical:
John (Jack) Wallis Bishop was born June 8, 1892, in Berlin, Maryland. A United States citizen living in Yonkers, New York, he initially enlisted in the United States military on September 14, 1917, at Mineola, New York. He was trained at the US Army School of Military Aeronautics at Cornell University until his honorable discharge ("cause not shown") on October 30, 1917. Subsequently, he enlisted in Canada and was assigned to the 66th Squadron of the Royal Flying Corps (RFC) at the front for 14 months in northern Italy. He shot down two enemy aircraft and participated in 22 low altitude bombing raids. He returned to the US in June 1919, became a member of the "Ancient and Secret Order of Quiet Birdmen." After the war, he sold real estate, but soon began flying again, participating in barnstorming tours. In the 1930s, he became a flying instructor and pilot at Roosevelt Field, Long Island, New York, and a lieutenant in the Nassau County (NY) police department. He was a friend and flying associate of the air racer Annette Gipson. Bishop was killed in a flying accident near Roosevelt Field on August 30, 1936.
Provenance:
E. Thompson Magoffin, gift, 1988, NASM.1988.0086.
Restrictions:
No restrictions on access
Rights:
Material is subject to Smithsonian Terms of Use. Should you wish to use NASM material in any medium, please submit an Application for Permission to Reproduce NASM Material, available at Permissions Requests
Topic:
World War, 1914-1918  Search this
Aeronautics  Search this
Aeronautics, Military  Search this
Periodicals  Search this
Genre/Form:
Diaries
Photographs
Publications
Maps
Citation:
John Wallis Bishop Collection, Acc. NASM.1988.0086, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
NASM.1988.0086
See more items in:
John Wallis Bishop Collection
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nasm-1988-0086
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Herbert Mercer Photography Collection

Creator:
Mercer, Herbert  Search this
Names:
Great Britain. Royal Flying Corps  Search this
Extent:
0.05 Cubic feet (1 folder)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Photographs
Place:
Iraq
Egypt
Date:
1916-1926
Summary:
Herbert Mercer served with the United Kingdom's Royal Flying Corps (Royal Air Force) from 1916 until 1945, and was stationed in Baghdad, Iraq, in the early 1920s. While there, he photographed a variety of aircraft that were either stationed in Iraq or Egypt or landing there for refueling. This collection contains eleven photographs taken by Mercer in Iraq and Egypt.
Scope and Contents:
This collection consists of eleven black and white or sepia toned photographs taken by Herbert Mercer, ranging in size from approximately 3.5 x 2.25 inches to 8.25 x 6.25 inches, and all taken in Iraq or Egypt. The photographs depict the following aircraft: de Havilland D.H.50J (Sir Alan Cobham's Aircraft); Fokker F.VIII (two images); Royal Aircraft Factory R.E.8; de Havilland (Airco) D.H.6; Vickers Victoria; Douglas World Cruiser (DWC) "Chicago" (#2); de Havilland D.H.90 Dragonfly (crashed); Bristol Scout C; and Fairey IIID Mk.III. There is also one aerial photograph of the Royal Air Force aerodrome at Hinaidi, Baghdad, Iraq.
Arrangement:
Collection is in original order.
Biographical / Historical:
Herbert Mercer served with the United Kingdom's Royal Flying Corps (Royal Air Force) from 1916 until 1945, and was stationed in Baghdad, Iraq, in the early 1920s. While there, he photographed a variety of aircraft that were either stationed in Iraq or Egypt or landing there for refueling. Upon Mercer's retirement from the Royal Air Force in 1945, he worked for the US Air Force at its base in Bushey Park, Hampton, UK until 1958. Herbert Mercer died in 1964.
Provenance:
Frank Long, Gift, 2008, NASM.2008.0029
Restrictions:
No restrictions on access
Rights:
Material is subject to Smithsonian Terms of Use. Should you wish to use NASM material in any medium, please submit an Application for Permission to Reproduce NASM Material, available at Permissions Requests.
Topic:
Aeronautics  Search this
Airplanes  Search this
Genre/Form:
Photographs
Citation:
Herbert Mercer Photography Collection, NASM.2008.0029, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
NASM.2008.0029
See more items in:
Herbert Mercer Photography Collection
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nasm-2008-0029
Online Media:

The pilot of the R.F.C patriotic song words by Fredk. Bulson ; music by W. Montagu Worlock

Title:
So sing, sing on, sing sweet, sing free, but bring him back from o'er the sea
There is a bird that soars aloft, ne'er perch'd upon a tree
Author:
Worlock, W. Montagu  Search this
Bulson, Fredk  Search this
Bella C. Landauer Collection of Aeronautical Sheet Music (Smithsonian Institution. Libraries) DSI  Search this
Subject:
Great Britain Royal Flying Corps  Search this
Physical description:
1 score (3 pages) 31 cm
Type:
Songs and music
Music
Sheet music covers
Sheet music
Place:
England
Great Britain
Date:
1916
1911-1920
1910-1920
Topic:
Air pilots  Search this
Love songs  Search this
Patriotic music  Search this
Popular music  Search this
Songs with piano  Search this
World War, 1914-1918  Search this
Biplanes  Search this
Clouds  Search this
British  Search this
Call number:
M1 .B4
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_982739

The bridge to airpower : logistics support for Royal Flying Corps operations on the Western Front, 1914-18 / Peter Dye

Title:
Logistics support for Royal Flying Corps operations on the Western Front, 1914-18
Author:
Dye, Peter  Search this
Subject:
Great Britain Royal Flying Corps History  Search this
Physical description:
xviii, 270 pages, 12 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, map ; 25 cm
Type:
Books
History
Place:
Great Britain
Date:
2015
Topic:
World War, 1914-1918--Logistics  Search this
World War, 1914-1918--Aerial operations, British  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1089227

The work and training of the Royal Flying Corps

Author:
Cecil, Hugh 1869-1956  Search this
Subject:
Great Britain Royal Flying Corps  Search this
Physical description:
46 p., 1 l. illus. 34 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1917
[1917]
Call number:
UG635.G7W92 1917a
UG635.G7W92 1917
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_105672

The work and training of the Royal Flying Corps

Writer of supplementary textual content:
Cecil, Hugh 1869-1956  Search this
Subject:
Great Britain Royal Flying Corps  Search this
Physical description:
46 pages, 1 leaf chiefly illustrations, portraits 34 cm, in portfolio 36 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1917
[1917]
Topic:
World War, 1914-1918--Aerial operations, British  Search this
Call number:
UG635.G7 W92 1917a
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1083041

Five years in the Royal flying corps, by James Thomas Byford McCudden

Author:
McCudden, James Thomas Byford 1895-1918  Search this
Grey, C. G (Charles Grey) 1875-1953  Search this
Subject:
Great Britain Royal Flying Corps  Search this
Physical description:
xvi, 348 p. front., plates, ports. 20 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1919
[1919]
Topic:
World War, 1914-1918--Aerial operations  Search this
Call number:
D602 .M3X
D602.M3X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_76974

Bloody April : slaughter in the skies over Arras, 1917 / Peter Hart

Author:
Hart, Peter 1955-  Search this
Subject:
Great Britain Royal Flying Corps History  Search this
Physical description:
381 p., [18] p. of plates : ill., maps, ports. ; 25 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
2005
World War, 1914-1918
Topic:
World War, 1914-1918--Aerial operations  Search this
Arras, Battle of, Arras, France, 1917  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_788679

Horses don't fly / Frederick Libby ; introduction and notes by Winston Groom ; afterword by Sally Ann Marsh

Title:
Horses do not fly
Author:
Libby, Frederick 1892-1970  Search this
Subject:
Libby, Frederick 1892-1970  Search this
Great Britain Royal Flying Corps History  Search this
Physical description:
x, 274 p., [8] p. of plates : ill., map ; 25 cm
Type:
Personal narratives, American
Biography
Place:
United States
France
Date:
2000
C2000
Topic:
World War, 1914-1918  Search this
Fighter pilots  Search this
World War, 1914-1918--Aerial operations, British  Search this
World War, 1914-1918--Aerial operations, American  Search this
World War, 1914-1918--Campaigns  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_604715

Somme success : the Royal Flying Corps and the Battle of the Somme, 1916 / Peter Hart

Author:
Hart, Peter 1955-  Search this
Subject:
Great Britain Royal Flying Corps History  Search this
Physical description:
224 p. : ill., maps ; 25 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
2001
Topic:
Somme, 1st Battle of the, France, 1916  Search this
World War, 1914-1918--Aerial operations, British  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_671256

VCs of the First World War. The Air VCs / Peter G. Cooksley

Title:
Victoria Crosses of the First World War
Air VCs
Air Victoria Crosses
Author:
Cooksley, Peter G  Search this
Subject:
Great Britain Royal Flying Corps Biography  Search this
Great Britain Royal Naval Air Service Biography  Search this
Physical description:
xii, 204 p. : ill. ; 26 cm
Type:
Biography
Place:
Great Britain
Date:
1996
Topic:
Airmen  Search this
World War, 1914-1918--Aerial operations, British  Search this
Victoria Cross  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_516881

Barker, VC : the life, death and legend of Canada's most decorated war hero / Wayne Ralph

Author:
Ralph, Wayne Douglas 1946-  Search this
Subject:
Barker, William George 1894-1930  Search this
Great Britain Royal Flying Corps Biography  Search this
Physical description:
ix, 308 p., [16] p. of plates : ill., maps, ports. ; 24 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Canada
Date:
1997
C1997
Topic:
World War, 1914-1918--Aerial operations, British  Search this
Fighter pilots--Biography  Search this
Call number:
D602 .R35 1997
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_517299

The roll of honour : Royal Flying Corps and Royal Air Force for the Great War 1914-18 / by H.J. Williamson

Title:
Roll of honour : R.F.C. and R.A.F. 1914-18
Author:
Williamson, H. J  Search this
Subject:
Great Britain Royal Flying Corps  Search this
Great Britain Royal Air Force  Search this
Physical description:
270 p. ; 25 cm
Type:
Registers of dead
Place:
Great Britain
Date:
1992
Topic:
World War, 1914-1918--Aerial operations, British  Search this
World War, 1914-1918  Search this
Call number:
D602 .W55 1992
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_521382

War flying / by a pilot; the letters of "Theta" ; to his home people, written in training and in war

Author:
Hutcheon, L. F. 1897-  Search this
Former owner:
Peck, A. P. Dr. DSI  Search this
Stuart, C. G. B. DSI  Search this
Associated name:
National Aviation Club (U.S.) DSI  Search this
Printer:
Hazell, Watson & Viney  Search this
Subject:
Hutcheon, L. F. 1897-  Search this
Great Britain Royal Flying Corps  Search this
Physical description:
3 preliminary leaves, 117, [l] pages : illustrations ; 18 cm
Type:
Personal narratives, British
Date:
1917
Topic:
World War, 1914-1918--Aerial operations, British  Search this
World War, 1914-1918  Search this
Call number:
D602 .H84 1917aX
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_551029

Aeroplanes of the Royal Aircraft Factory / Paul R. Hare

Author:
Hare, Paul R  Search this
Subject:
Royal Aircraft Establishment (Great Britain) History  Search this
Great Britain Royal Flying Corps History  Search this
Physical description:
144 p. : ill. ; 29 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Great Britain
Date:
1999
Topic:
Airplanes, Military--History  Search this
Airplanes--History  Search this
Call number:
UG635.G72 H37 1999
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_555845

Royal Flying Corps technical notes / edited by Patrick Ellam

Author:
Ellam, Patrick  Search this
Subject:
Great Britain Royal Flying Corps  Search this
Physical description:
42 p., 38 leaves : ill. ; 28 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
England
Date:
1994
1916
C1994
Topic:
Airplanes--History  Search this
Call number:
TL670.3 .G78 1994
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_590986

Coningham : a biography of Air Marshal Sir Arthur Coningham, KCB, KBE, DSO, MC, DFC, AFC / Vincent Orange

Author:
Orange, Vincent 1935-2012-  Search this
Subject:
Coningham, Arthur Sir 1895-1948  Search this
Great Britain Royal Air Force  Search this
Great Britain Royal Flying Corps  Search this
Physical description:
xii, 292 p., [8] p. of plates : ill., maps ; 24 cm
Type:
Biography
Place:
Great Britain
Date:
1990
Topic:
Marshals  Search this
World War, 1939-1945--Aerial operations, British  Search this
Call number:
UG626.2.C65O73 1990X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_424071

A contemptible little flying corps : being a definitive and previously non-existent biographical roll of those warrant officers, NCOs and airmen who served in the Royal Flying Corps prior to the outbreak of the First World War / I. McInnes and J.V. Webb

Author:
McInnes, Ian  Search this
Webb, J. V  Search this
Subject:
Great Britain Royal Flying Corps Biography  Search this
Physical description:
517 p. : ill., ports. ; 26 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1991
Topic:
World War, 1914-1918--Aerial operations, British  Search this
Call number:
UG635.G7 M15 1991
UG635.G7M15 1991
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_429031

Winged warfare : the literature and theory of aerial warfare in Britain, 1859-1917 / Michael Paris

Author:
Paris, Michael 1949-  Search this
Subject:
Great Britain Royal Flying Corps  Search this
Physical description:
272 p. : ill. ; 23 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Great Britain
Date:
1992
C1992
Topic:
Air warfare--History  Search this
Aeronautics, Military--History  Search this
Call number:
UG635.G7 P37 1992X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_448031

The Royal Flying Corps in France : from Mons to the Somme / Ralph Barker

Author:
Barker, Ralph 1917-  Search this
Subject:
Great Britain Royal Flying Corps  Search this
Physical description:
xi, 237 p., [16] p. of plates : ill., maps, ports. ; 25 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
France
Date:
1994
Topic:
World War, 1914-1918--Aerial operations, British  Search this
Call number:
D602 .B255 1994
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_469930

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