Guide to the Henry R. Clay, Jr. Papers
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Henry R. Clay, Jr. is one of the lesser known pilots from WWI, despite his outstanding service. Originally from Missouri, his family moved to Fort Worth, Texas while he started law school at The University of Texas at Austin before signing up for the Air Force in 1917. Clay served with No. 43 Squadron, Royal Flying Corps/Royal Air Force (RFC/RAF), where he was named First Lieutenant while stationed in France. He then was moved to the 148th Aero Squardon and finally to the 41st Aero Squadron before his untimely death in 1919. He has eight confirmed aerial victories during his short time in service, and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC), the Aero Club of America's War Medal, and the Distinguished Service Cross (DSC). Both the Aero Club of America's War Medal and the DSC were awarded posthumously.
This is a guide to materials in The Henry R. Clay, Jr. Papers housed in the History of Aviation Collection, Special Collections Department, The University of Texas at Dallas.