James Hickman was an early military pilot, enlisting in the Army Air Corps during WWI and died in an airplane accident in German after the war’s end in 1919. Much of the collection consists of his family’s efforts to determine the details of his death and burial in Europe
James Burr Hickman (? – May 5, 1919) was born in Cooperton, Illinois, and graduated from the U.S. School of Military Aeronautics at the University of Illinois in 1918. Hickman was in the US Air Reserve until he enlisted in the Army Air Corps for the duration of World War I. The logistics of moving men and equipment back to the US, meant Hickman was still in Germany six months after the war’s end. Having survived the war, Hickman died in an airplane accident at Coblenz, Germany on May 5, 1919. Much of the correspondence concerns the efforts of the family to determine the details of his death and burial in Europe, most addressed to his mother, Mrs. Hope Hickman. A fellow service member sent maps to the family to share the details the accident.
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