World War I Exhibit (South Wing)
The World War I exhibit depicts life as an aviator during the Great War. The First Aeronautic Detachment, led by Lieutenant Kenneth Whiting, Naval Aviator No. 16, was the first American combat unit to arrive in France following U.S. entry into the war. Training and serving with foreign aviators, U.S. Navy pilots, both enlisted and officers, entered the fray in myriad roles, but most importantly operated from Naval Air Stations established in the United Kingdom and the continent, during which they attacked and damaged a dozen German U-boats, and flew as part of the Northern Bombing Group.