David H. Backus is appointed 1st Lieutenant of the U.S. Air Force

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David H. Backus is appointed 1st Lieutenant of the U.S. Air Force

By: Lori Williamson | WW1 Daybook | December 3, 2017

On this day in 1917, David Backus recieved his offical appointment to the U.S. Air Force as a 1st Lieutenant. Though a significant acheivement, it was only a step in Backus' journey from ambulance volunteer to combat pilot. The appointment barely makes his diary, with only a mention that he is now a Lieutenant, as his training for the front lines continues. Backus had prevously trained in Tours, France and recieved his pilots licence, and would go on to be credited with the destruction of four enemy aircraft during his service in World War I.


Backus First Lieutenant