Important archive of Van Allen Soule ( 1868-1947) one of the pioneers of the Liberty L-1 Aircraft engine that made a major impact on aviation during World WAR 1. But the story starts with Van Allen Soule who was originally from Albany, New York where he was engaged in the Automobile industry. When WW1 broke out Mr. Soule at the “young” age of 50 as a grandfather saw an opportunity and enrolled in the United States Naval reserves for duty on gas engines where he attended training school at Columbia University and took the course at the Packard Automobile factory which supplemented the Columbia school and then returned home to be an instructor on the Liberty motor at Columbia. He enrolled for full duty in February of 1918 and ultimately was given orders to go overseas with the Northern Bombing Group of the United States Navy as an expert on the Liberty motors, his rating being machinist a warrant officer just below commission grade.
The activities of the Northern Bombing Group will perhaps stand out as the most thrilling and successful exploits of the United States Naval aviation during the war.
A newspaper article from the Albany, New York Knickerbocker Press dated Sunday April 13th 1919 features a full length article and photographs of the heroic military career of Van Allen Soule. Warrant officer details his service over-seas and the brutality of war he witnessed first- hand.
The multi-facet archive begins with his military service with several exceptional photographs, correspondence, orders, commissions, manuscripts and personal affects.
After the war the archive consists of family material which proves to interesting with much correspondence including pension request. This also includes the sad story of their daughter Ada Bell who married William Halstead Ward on November 7th 1916 at Oceanic, New Jersey. William died in World War 1 as his grandfather William Halstead who died in the Civil War. The incredible Civil War archive of William Halstead will be listed in my shop in the coming days.
Van Allen Soule passed away in October 15th 1949 in Middletown, New Jersey and buried at the Fairview Cemetery. A Book of Remembrance signed by family and friends attending his funeral is included in this archive.
Please take the time to examine all the photos provided of this historically significant archive.
World War 1 Archive of Van Allen Soule Liberty L-1 Aircraft engine Pioneer