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PILOT STORIES: Robert Shank

Air Mail Service Began: August 2, 1918
Air Mail Service Ended: November 19, 1918
Pilot Rehired: January 1, 1919
Air Mail Service Ended: April 16, 1919
Assignment: Belmont Park, New York
  January 1, 1919 – Belmont Park, New York

Appointed August 22, 1918, Robert Shank was the last of the original four airmail pilots to join the Air Mail Service. On November 19, 1918, Shrank and with pilot Eddie Gardner were fired when the pair refused to carry mail in a low visibility fog that had already claimed the life of one pilot that morning.

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Letter from Lipsner to Shank Shank behind truck as mail is being loaded at College Park August 12, 1918
Shank in cockpit helping load mail August 12, 1918  
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(top left) Letter from Lipsner to Shank

(top right) Shank behind truck as mail is being loaded at College Park August 12, 1918

(bottom left) Shank in cockpit helping load mail August 12, 1918
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