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The first aere-Squadren was a combat unit with the Puni-
itive Expedition into Mexico, being ;ne first organization (avia-
tion Section: Signal Corps) ever used in active field service in
the history of the United States Army.
Orders were received at Ft. Sam Houston, San Antonio, Texas
en March 12, 191o to join the Punitive Expedition at Columbus,
New Mexicoe. Its equipment consisted of eight Curtiss R- airplanes
with eleven officer pilots and eighty-four enlisted men. The
Squadron was shipped (net flown, as some steries have related) by
rail to Ei Pase, Texas where ten truc6K and one autoembile were
added. Frem there all were shipped on to Columbus.
The first receinaissance flight into Mexico was made on
March lbth oy Captain T. F. Tedd, wh* was piloting a Curtiss plane,
#44 witn Captain B. D. Fouois (Lter Major, Gun-Chief of Staff,
Air Service, as observer).
In tne operation wit t tne Expedition from Marcn 16th to
April 20th, six airplanes were wrecked and tne remaining two were
in unserviceable condition and cendemned.
The Squadron's werr was reconnoitering, obserVration, and
furnishing communications to advanced and isolated treeps.
In August, the Squadron received at Columbus, a few new
planes and twelve Lewis machine guns, one hundred combs and a Brock
automatic camera for aerial photography, thus starting the enlarge-
ment of the future capabilities of air power--the stepping stone
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Orozco, Cecilia. Airplanes, text, 1968; (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth88245/m1/1/: accessed December 17, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Marfa Public Library.