WIGGINS-FITZ COLLECTION
No. 4195. SPAD S.XIII C1 ("25" c/n S.16541) US Army Air Service
Photographed in the USA, Summer 1919
Aeroplane Photo Supply (APS) Photo No. 4240

SPAD S.XIII C1

04/30/2010. Remarks by Johan Visschedijk: "From February 1918, the USASC (became USAAS on May 24, 1918) acquired 893 SPAD S.XIII C1s for use by the American Expeditionary Force in Europe. After the Armistice 435 SPAD S.XIII C1s were shipped to the USA, including the one pictured aircraft. It is shown in the markings as flown by Robert Welsh, Commanding Officer of USAAS 22nd Aero Squadron in 1919.

During 1918 the aircraft was involved in the destruction of 45 aircraft, as indicated by the small white tombstones along the fuselage bottom line, applied after the war. Six of these victories were scored by First Lieutenant James Dudley Beane (born January 20, 1896) between September 26 and October 29, 1918. He was killed flying another SPAD S.XIII C1 the following day, twelve days before the end of the hostilities.

The aircraft was damaged beyond repair in a crash after entering a spin at Selfridge Field, Michigan, on August 22, 1919."



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