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This is a photo of a friend of mine’s grandfather, Lt. Byron G. Cook. He was a flight instructor at Issoudun for the US Air Service in World War I. We were trying to figure out the type of plane he was sitting in. I have looked at various designs and believe this may be a Nieuport 23, 24 or 27, but I am not an expert. Does anyone have any insights?
I was also trying to find out more about Lt. Cook. Anyone know a good source for WWI aviation. I know Gorrell’s History of the American Expeditionary Forces Air Service, 1917-1919 is probably definitive but as far as I can tell the only copy is microfilmed in the National Archives. I have found a few other sources but they are only general information. My friend believes his grandfather flew with Eddie Rickenbacker which may be true as both were at Issoudun in 1918. We were also trying to determine what the insignia is. This may not be possible as there is so little in the corner. I cannot find any WWI insignia that was hexagonal as this one appears to be. Any assistance would be much appreciated.