John F. Richards was no “natural” flier. After at least three crashes, he was held back for more training by his French instructors. “I must say I am getting very discouraged on this flying business,” he wrote. “Most of my confidence, a very necessary factor, has been knocked out.”
John F. Richards was no “natural” flier. After at least three crashes, he was held back for more training by his French instructors. “I must say I am getting very discouraged on this flying business,” he wrote. “Most of my confidence, a very necessary factor, has been knocked out.” SHANE KEYSER Missouri Valley Room, Kansas City Central Library
John F. Richards was no “natural” flier. After at least three crashes, he was held back for more training by his French instructors. “I must say I am getting very discouraged on this flying business,” he wrote. “Most of my confidence, a very necessary factor, has been knocked out.” SHANE KEYSER Missouri Valley Room, Kansas City Central Library

KC pilot’s diary is a window on World War I air battle over France

February 06, 2015 6:00 AM