Coffman Photo Album - Army of Occupation
Coffman Photo Album - Army of Occupation
This is the first of four photo albums of Floyd Wilmer Coffman.
Floyd Wilmer Coffman, 1889-1961, was inspired by his military experience to become a successful veterans' advocate, civil servant, and businessman in Harrisonburg, Virginia. An early recruit to the Army's new aerial photographic reconnaissance arm, he missed seeing combat by just three days. However, as the Assistant Secretary of War's special photographic aid in 1919, he toured allied airbases and the war zone. During this tour, as a trainee and instructor at Langley and Love Fields, and while researching Our Fledgling Air Corps he collected the photographs that are now part of Massanutten Regional Library's digital collections.
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Floyd Wilmer Coffman's life was changed by and he found new purpose in his wartime experience between 1917 and 1919. Wilmer, as he was known, hailed from the hamlet of East Point in Rockingham County, Virginia, where he was born on September 14,…
Letter from Colonel H. Fowler commeding the 16th Photo Section's services.
Caption below image reads "B1 - 16th Photo Sec. ~ 1st Aero. Sqdn." Image shows an airfield with several buildings, motor vehicles, people, and a blimp.
Inscription on trophy reads "First Prize won by first aero Squadron and 16th Photo Section III. ARMY CORPS, Pilot 2nd Lieut. Ives Calhoun, A, Observer 1st Lieut Veech T. Baird." Image shows First Prize trophy.
Image shows four trophies, two first prizes and two second prizes.
Caption below image reads "16th Photographic Section 2nd Day Bombardment Group." Image shows the 16th Photo Section posing for an photograph. First row of men each have their cameras in their laps.
The typed document is American Expeditionary Forces General Order No. 80 which details how photographs should be captioned.
Caption below image reads "U.S. - 3AC- 1st Aero SQDN-B9-Pontoon Bridge Across Rhine Honnigen-308th ENGS-5/10/19-14h-200m-26cm-16th Photo Sec." Image shows a Pontoon Bridge across the Rhine River in the city of Bad Honningen.
Caption below image reads "Airplane View of a section of Weissenthrum, Germany. 1st Air squadron, 16th and 5th Aerial Photograph Sections, and a motor truck company were housed in this town after the armistice until July 14, 1919." Image shows a…
Caption below image reads "Another view of Weissenthrum." Image shows an aerial view of Weissenthrum looking east. The Rhine river is visible as is the Staint Trinity Parish Church and the Monument General Hoche.
Caption below image reads "The Kaiser visits his staff in Coblenz, Germany. Copy from a captured German photo."
Image shows 2 De Havilland DH-4 airplanes flying with one in full view of the camera and the second partially captured. The wing of the airplane the photograph is shot from is visible as well.
Image shows one De Havilland DH-4 airplane with fields below.
Image shows six DH-4 airplanes flying above clouds.
Image shows a close up view of a flying De Havilland DH-4 airplane.
Image shows a single Salmson 2 airplane flying.
Caption below image reads "U.S 3AC - 1st Aero Sqdn- A137- Salmson Observation Plane in Flight Over Rhine Valley-6/10/19-16th photo sec." Image shows a single Salmson 2 airplane in flight over fields.
Image shows a single Salmson 2 airplane in flight.
Caption below image reads "U.S. - 3AC- 1st Aero SQDN-A 129-Salmson Observation Plane in Flight-6/10/19-16th Photo Sec." Image shows a single Salmson 2 airplane in flight with the second seat gun pointing up.
Caption below image reads "U.S. - 3AC- 1st Aero SQDN-A 130-Salmson Observation Plane in Flight-6/10/19-16th Photo Sec." Image shows a single Salmson 2 airplane in flight.
Caption below image reads "U.S. - 3AC- 1st Aero SQDN-A 133-Salmson Observation Plane in Flight-6/10/19-16th Photo Sec." Image shows a single Salmson 2 airplane in flight with the pilot looking at the photographer.
Image is an aerial photograph of two roads and fields.
Image is an aerial photograph of a road, railroad tracks, and fields.
Image is an aerial photograph of a few roads with one lined with trees, some fields, and a town in the bottom right next to a river. The photograph is partially ripped in the bottom right.
Image is an aerial photograph of trenches and fortifications on the side of a road next to a small forest.
Image is an aerial photograph of an airfield built at the edge of a forest with several large planes visible.
Image is an aerial photograph of several buildings built at the edge of a forest with a large dirt road intersecting through the photograph.
Image is an aerial photograph of several buildings built in a forest with a road running along the upper right edge of the forest.
Image is an aerial photograph of a forest, railroad tracks, a road, and a trench with shell craters around it.
Image is an aerial photograph of several trench lines with a small town to the right of them.