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WWI vet's writings, photos bring the 'Great War' to California

from ChicoER

Harry Russell, whose photos show him to be a handsome young man in his uniform, joined the Army on July 30, 1917. Being an aircraft mechanic in the days when a plane engine was started by spinning the propeller by hand was a different world from today. One picture shows him in a shop in England, surrounded by the bicycle-like wheel assemblies that were the landing gear for the biplanes flown from both sides of the trenches. more

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