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David Backus Gets a New Plane

By: Lori Williamson | WW1 Daybook | September 7, 2018


According to today's diary entry, David Backus was having a difficult time with his new plane, which he calls a "Coo Coo". First, some control wires needed to be replaced, then later the pressure went out. Backus also mentions that they lost a man to the Germans.

 


Saturday September-7-18.
Out 8:15 breakfast- we had a patrol 8:30 my Coo Coo out of order- had to change control wire. We sent out a protective patrol to [m...] a Sampson over [The...] B.C Flights. Lost one of our men Kent. shot down. they met eleven Huns Kent lagged on a turn. I went out on a patrol with Ned, just two of us rest [...] Went out on our regular patrol at five fifteen, Pressure went bad on me again, lost stick [...] finally caught my motor at 800 meters [...]

Citation: 
David Backus Collection. Minnesota Historical Society, St. Paul, Minnesota. 123.D.10.5B