IT'S A PRETTY RARE VOLUME, 316 PAGES & PUBLISHED BY THE NAVY IN 1919
HERE ARE A FEW EXCERPTS THAT APPLY TO THIS WEBSITE
The Only Local Guy To Get His Portrait In The Book
Tom flew with Unit 3 at Smith Point and was a chemist for Masury Paint after the Great War
& The Namesake of Brookhaven's
A FEW OF THE BOYS WHO STARTED FLYING WITH UNIT 3 AT THE KNAPP SEAPLANE BASE ON NARROW BAY
AND WENT ALL THE WAY ONWARDS TO BECOME FULL FLEDGED NAVAL AVIATORS ( N. A.)
(all of them from Units 1 2 & 3 who became N. A.s are in the book)
The Navy May Of Been Where The Knapps Were First Introduced To Sea Sleds.
David McCullogh was an instructor with Unit 1 and is pictured here along with planes taking off at
the Knapp Seaplane Base from what is now the foot of Jefferson Drive in Mastic Beach.
Archie "Chip" McIIwaine from Unit 1 was "Dodi" Knapp's step brother
Don't Try This At Home !
IT WAS FAR, FAR FROM ALL FUN & GAMES THOUGH
EITHER AT HOME OR OVER THERE ....
THERE ARE WELL OVER 200 NAMES IN THE MEMORIAL PAGES OF THIS BOOK. ALL WERE NAVAL AVIATORS WHO DIED IN THE SHORT COURSE OF US INVOLVEMENT IN "THE WAR TO END ALL WARS" FROM APRIL 1917 - NOV 1918. THE LISTS GIVES: NAME, RANK, DATE & PLACE WHERE THEY DIED. ALONG WITH THE NAMES OF THE FARAWAY PLACES LIKE DUNKIRK, MOUTRIC, FLANDERS AND PARIS ARE A GREAT DEAL OF CLOSER TO HOME NAMES___ TOWNS LIKE ROCKAWAY, BAY SHORE, AND HUNTINGTON, LONG ISLAND.
SEVERAL AVIATORS WHO STARTED OUT WITH UNIT 1 IN HUNTINGTON ARE ON THIS LIST. ONE CURTIS REED WAS THE BROTHER OF CHIP McILWAINE'S FUTURE WIFE. AND THERE IS ONE NAME FROM UNIT 3 IN MASTIC__ ENSIGN LESLIE MacNAUGHTON, WAS KILLED MARCH 13th 1918 IN AN ACCIDENT AT HAMPTON ROADS, VA .