I need a photo of him. If you can help, please contact me.


     If you search for Francis I. Amory using Google, (08-13-03). you will find about five links. This is a truly unique one and well worth a visit.
by J. Sterling Halstead
Naval Aviator No. 160
     "Under the title of "A Mission to the Royal Flying Corps", J. Sterling Halstead, Naval Aviator No. 160, wrote for the U.S. Naval Institute Proceedings, February 1965, pp. 78-94, a detailed account of the training in 1917 of young candidates for Naval Aviation Wings. This article is a précis of that account."
     If you use your "FIND" function on Amory, you will find a single, brief mention of him. However, I think you will be well rewarded to read the whole article, if you have the time. To access it, just click on the title above. It is a PDF file, so you will need to have the free Adobe reader installed on your computer. It is also available in HTML format, but the many photographs won't be displayed.

  Francis I. Amory, 79, formerly of Beverly Farms and Boston, Massachusetts died in Manchester, New Hampshire August 16, 1974 after a long illness.
     Born in Boston, he was a graduate of Groton School, Groton, Massachusetts and Harvard College, Class of 1917. He interrupted his studies at Harvard in 1916 to take a course in flying at the Curtiss School, Buffalo, New York.
     Amory soloed during August 1916 in a Curtiss biplane powered with a Curtiss OXX engine. He received F.A.I. certificate number 584.
     In 1917 he joined the U.S. Navy. Serving as a Lieutenant, he taught flying and gunnery to student pilots at the U.S. Naval Air Station, Pensacola, Florida during World War I.
     During World War II he served as Director of the Red Cross Disaster Service. He was also Vice President of the General Capital Corporation, a former Boston investment firm. He retired in 1960.
     He leaves two daughters, Mrs. Mary A. Baker and Mrs. Margaret A. Storer, both of Beverly Farms; a son, Francis I., Jr. of Beverly and twelve grandchildren.
From The Early Birds of Aviation CHIRP
January 1975, Number 81

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