|Cadet School of Military Aviation, University of Illinois,|
Champaign, Illinois, 1917 Clarke Jr. is the 7th
from the right on the front row
The materials of Powhatan H. Clarke, Jr. were selected for digitization because of his very interesting and unique military career. In addition to correspondence, Clarke Jr.'s materials include photographs and a short diary. These materials provide a view into the War from the perspective of a pilot. The stories of Clarke Jr.'s various mishaps which he described in great detail in his letters are riveting. For example, the time he lost his money while on leave or the time his chauffer borrowed a government car and crashed into a farmer and his son. Needless to say, this collection shows that the War was about much more than the battles. It was about people and their frailties that, in the case of Clarke Jr., often led to trouble.