Dunkirk, France: 1918. Letter and envelope are both lightly toned. The envelope has been postmarked with an APO #2 (Paris) flag machine cancellation and has some old tape repairs. Very Good. Item #007853
Lasher was assigned to the U.S. Naval Air Station at Dunkerque, a seaplane station from which naval aviators attacked U-boats going in and out of Belgian ports. The aviators flew Donnet-Denhaut flying boats and Hanriot floatplanes. Lasher's letter speaks of making patrols, provides details about regularly coming under fire from big German artillery guns firing upon the air station, and mentions being subjected to nightly air raids. Mail from American naval aviators in France before the Armistice is quite scarce.