Rainy Day in Tours, France - October 8, 1917

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Rainy Day in Tours, France - October 8, 1917

By: Lori Williamson | WW1 Daybook | October 8, 2017

A slow day for David Backus at flight school in Tours, France means time for leisure--and boredom. Rainy and windy weather frequently kept Backus and his classmates out of the air. The consistently poor weather conditions would ultimately delay his graduation from flight school.


Backus diary page
Backus diary page

Well we marched down to Pilotage -- hung around for hour -- no flying too windy -- rained in aft [afternoon]. Had dinner at Canteen -- Played checkers read.

Citation: David Backus Collection. Minnesota Historical Society, St. Paul, Minnesota. 123.D.10.6F