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Portrait of Henri Montelecque, the young boy who saw the fall of Lt. Louis Bennett on August 24, 1918. Accompanied letter from Marie-Louis Plancy to Mrs. Louis Bennett, 22 July 1919 in the Bennett Collection Box 3, Folder 3.
Candid portrait of Lt. Louis Bennett in uniform posing with a small child on a sled.
Captain Kelly, British Flying Corps, on crutches and Louis Bennett, Jr., West Virginia Flying Corps, holding bottle, pose for a portrait at Sheepshead Bay, May 24, 1917.
Officers of the West Virginia Flying Corps, including (left to right) Lieutenant Thomas Kent, Captain Louis Bennett, Jr., and Lieutenant William Frey.  They are standing in front of a Curtiss JN or "Jenny" aircraft.  This photograph appeared with an article regarding the W. Va. Flying Corps in the July 29, 1917 issue of the Wheeling Sunday News on page eight of part iii.
Lt. Louis Bennett, Jr. and dog standing in front of S. E. 5a airplane.
Lt. Louis Bennett, Jr. and dog standing in front of a S. E. 5a airplane.
Postcard of interior of field hospital, German Red Cross Number 40, at Wavrin, France.  This was the hospital where Lt. Louis Bennett, Jr. passed away on August 24, 1918 while his wounds were being dressed after his plane was shot down.   Richard Lavril [sic] Ulffz is shown at center.  Postcard came with letter from Mlle. Madelien Dallenne to Sallie Maxwell Bennett, 14 July 1919. Bennett Collection Box 3, Folder 2.
Portrait of Jarvis Offutt and Lt. Louis Bennett.  At left is Jarvis Jenness Offutt of the U.S. Air Sevice, who was temporarily attached to Number 56 Aero Squadron of the R.A.F. He was killed in an accident in France, August 13, 1918.  He was from Nebraska and a classmate of Bennett at Yale.
Portrait of Jarvis Offutt and Lt. Louis Bennett.  At left is Jarvis Jenness Offutt of the U.S. Air Sevice, who was temporarily attached to Number 56 Aero Squadron of the R.A.F. He was killed in an accident in France, August 13, 1918.  He was from Nebraska and a classmate of Bennett at Yale.
Portrait of Jarvis Offutt and Lt. Louis Bennett.  At left is Jarvis Jenness Offutt of the U.S. Air Sevice, who was temporarily attached to Number 56 Aero Squadron of the R.A.F. He was killed in an accident in France, August 13, 1918.  He was from Nebraska and a classmate of Bennett at Yale.
Louis Bennett, Jr. driving his car at approximately age 12.  See 'Cross and Cockade Journal' vol. 21, no. 4, winter 80 (West Virginia Collection Pamphlet no. 14277) for an identification on candid portrait of Bennett in car.
Louis Bennett, Jr. driving his car at approximately age 12.  See 'Cross and Cockade Journal' vol. 21, no. 4, winter 80 (West Virginia Collection Pamphlet no. 14277) for an identification on candid portrait of Bennett in car.
Louis Bennett, Jr. driving his car at approximately age 12.  See 'Cross and Cockade Journal' vol. 21, no. 4, winter 80 (West Virginia Collection Pamphlet no. 14277) for an identification on candid portrait of Bennett in car.
Car belonging to Louis Bennett, Jr. loaded with beer barrels.
Car belonging to Louis Bennett, Jr.
Friends of Louis Bennett, Jr. riding in car.  One friend has fallen to the ground.
Friend of Louis Bennett, Jr. driving a car.  Photograph from M. Graham, 622 W. 114th Street, New York, New York.
Candid portrait of Louis Bennett, Jr. at Taliaferro (Hick's Field), Fort Worth, Texas in January of 1918.
Candid portrait of two World War I Soldiers at Taliaferro (Hick's Field), Fort Worth, Texas in January 1918.
Candid portrait World War I soldier at Taliaferro (Hick's Field), Forth Worth Texas in January of 1918.
Postcard portrait of three ladies, Marguerite, Jeanne, and Suzanne.  Back of postacard reads 'Un souvenir de votre bonne visite a Ouv. Nos meilleurs respects, J. Vallee' (A souvenir of our good visit to Ouv.  Our many respects, J. Vallee.) Accompanied letter from Jeanne Vallee to Mrs. Louis Bennett, 24 August 1919.
Postcard portrait of Abbot Leon Delannoy, of Wavrin, Northern France, Pastor during World War I, 1914-1919.  Card is addressed to 'Madame Bennett, glorious Bennett's mother, affectionate remembrance.' Cure Leon Delannoy, Wavrin France sent this picture to Dora Frost a friend of Sallie Maxwell Bennett.  Frost forwarded the photo to Sallie with letter 2 November 1919.  Bennett Collection, Box 3, Folder 11.
Postcard showing destruction at Wavrin, France.  Lt. Louis Bennett was buried at Wavrin, near Lille, France, where a Memorial Church was dedicated in his honor on August 24, 1919.
Louis Bennett, Jr. and others wait next to plane at Sheepshead Bay.
Louis Bennett, Jr. walks away from the group and airplane at Sheepshead Bay.  The airplane appears to be a Bleriot monoplane.
Louis Bennett, Jr. and others stand to the right of an airplane while waiting for his 'tryout.'  The aircraft appears to be an early Curtiss JN ("Jenny").
Side view of Louis Bennett, Jr.'s airplane at Sheepshead Bay in 1917.
Group of men stand in front of an airplane.
The airplane is a Curtis JN-4 ("Jenny").
Men inspect Louis Bennett, Jr.'s airplane 'after the fall.'  Photograph taken at 9 a.m. on Sunday, May 27th, 1917 at Sheepshead Bay.  The aircraft is a Curtiss JN-4 ("Jenny").
Louis Bennett, Jr. and two men stand in field at Sheepshead Bay.
Candid portrait of Louis Bennett, Jr. standing in the snow in front of an icicle covered building.  This photograph was found in Bennett's Royal Air Force Wallet.
Portrait of Jarvis Offutt and Lt. Louis Bennett.  At left is Jarvis Jenness Offutt of the U.S. Air Sevice, who was temporarily attached to Number 56 Aero Squadron of the R.A.F. He was killed in an accident in France, August 13, 1918.  He was from Nebraska and a classmate of Bennett at Yale.  This photograph was found in Bennett's Royal Air Force wallet.
Friends of Louis Bennett, Jr. sitting on a trunk.  This photograph was found in Bennett's Royal Air Force wallet.  Back of photo says, 'Lou - here you have the picture Bliss took wish you had been in it.  Am ferrying now with H.B [?] at American Officers Inn, London. - Jarvis
Candid portrait of grandmother and child, Agra Bennett, Jr.  This photograph was found in Louis Bennett, Jr.'s Royal Air Force wallet.
Blurry portrait of Agra Bennett as presented at First Coronation Court [sic] in London.
See Mary Hays letter to Louis Bennett, 16 August 1918, Bennett Collection, Box 2 Folder 3.  Sopwith 'Dolphin' aircraft of No. 90 Squadron in the background.
Candid portrait of two World War I Soldiers.  This photograph was found in Louis  Bennett, Jr.'s Royal Air Force wallet.
Group of friends of Louis Bennett, Jr. stand in front of an airplane.  Names listed on back are Verity, Mordaunt, Lettice Aceland, Ottilie, and Ethel Mills.  Portrait of Lt. Louis Bennett, Jr., R.F.C.  This photograph, as well as others (numbers 001378, 001379, and 001380) are referenced in a letter from Mrs. Ethel Mills to Mrs. Louis Bennett, Sr. The text of the letter is as follows: August 20, 1919 Drokes, Beaulieu, Hants My Dear Mrs. Bennett, I just want to reach across the channel, and take your hand and hold it, in a great understanding silence! To begin with, you could not have had my address if your dear boy had not given it!  I hope you will be coming to England [and] will come to us for a few days.  And get to know his old surroundings here -- where he lived [and] bunked.  I remember I was at work building a pig stye! -- when suddenly he appeared flying round [and] round my house and suddenly he made the most beautiful desent [sic] and stood before us, with his handsome face glowing, 'I’ve come to say good bye' -- he could only stay for ½ an hour -- and we mutually photographed each other -- then he was gone, saying 'I’ll send back my photo for you all to sign.'  He had no sooner gone, than I grieved I hadn’t asked him for your address, so as to send you any of ours that might be good, as I knew how you’d love to have as many snapshots as possible, but hoped I’d soon hear from him.  Well at last I did write -- the photo I had to wait sometime to get a signature -- [and] something made me write to him without returning him his [and] ours --  fearing he had moved from his last address -- so I said do tell me if this reaches you before I send the precious photos.'  And I waited, [and] as time passed, I feared he had gone to join with those other warriors!  Then came the trying to find you, [and] send you these precious snapshots. [and] so when I saw your envelope, before I opened it, or had even turned it round, I knew what its contents must be [and] I just felt greatful that evidently he looked upon us as friends, [and] so had given you my name and address.  You will let me see you should you come to England won’t you -- [and] if possible you will come down to Bealieu [and] be with us for a little while. I will not write more tonight -- but with true love [and] the deepest sympathy to Mr. Bennett and yourself. Yours affectionately Ethel Mills You will want his letter too.  You will see the fine way he agitated to get to France and to be fighting!