William Henry Phelps Collins


Description
Media Type:
Image
Item Type:
Negatives
Description:
Captain Phelps Collins was Alpena's World War I "Ace" and was among 203 American pilots who served in the Lafayette Escadrille in France. A fighter pilot who downed five or more enemy aircraft was designated an "Ace." Records credit Collins with downing seven German aircraft in air battles over France in 1917 and early 1918. He died in what was believed to be an aerial accident on March 12, 1918.
Date of Original:
c 1917
Dimensions:
Width: 3392 px
Height: 4857 px
Image Dimensions:
Image Width: 3392px
Image Height: 4857px
Subject(s):
Collection:
Knechtel Collection
Language of Item:
English
Geographic Coverage:
  • Michigan, United States
    fltLatitude: 45.06168
    Latitude: 45.06168 Longitude: -83.43275
Donor:
Dennis Knechtel
Copyright Statement:
Public domain: Copyright has expired according to Canadian law. No restrictions on use.
Recommended Citation:
Knechtel Collection, Alpena County George N. Fletcher Public Library
Contact
Alpena County George N. Fletcher Public Library
Email
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211 N. First Ave.
Alpena, Michigan 49707
USA
(989)356-6188

William Henry Phelps Collins
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William Henry Phelps Collins


Captain Phelps Collins was Alpena's World War I "Ace" and was among 203 American pilots who served in the Lafayette Escadrille in France. A fighter pilot who downed five or more enemy aircraft was designated an "Ace." Records credit Collins with downing seven German aircraft in air battles over France in 1917 and early 1918. He died in what was believed to be an aerial accident on March 12, 1918.