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Vernon Castle and his Monkey Jeffrey

Vernon Castle and his Monkey Jeffrey | Photograph | Wisconsin Historical Society
Vernon Castle, half of the glamorous Castle dancing team, enlisted in the British Royal Flying Corps in 1915 and flew over 150 missions at the Western Front before being shot down. Afterwards Captain Castle was assigned to flight instruction camps in Canada and later at Benbrook Field in Texas. It was there on February 15, 1918, that he was killed in a crash during a training flight. Jeffrey the monkey and the student pilot in the rear seat survived.

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DESCRIPTION
Vernon Castle, half of the glamorous Castle dancing team, enlisted in the British Royal Flying Corps in 1915 and flew over 150 missions at the Western Front before being shot down. Afterwards Captain Castle was assigned to flight instruction camps in Canada and later at Benbrook Field in Texas. It was there on February 15, 1918, that he was killed in a crash during a training flight. Jeffrey the monkey and the student pilot in the rear seat survived.
RECORD DETAILS
Image ID:11622
Creation Date: 1918
Creator Name:Brown Brothers
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Collection Name:General Stills Name File
Genre:Photograph
Original Format Type:photographic print, b&w
Original Format Number:General Stills Title File
Original Dimensions:4 x 6.5 inches
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
The autobiography of Harry Bruno, whose papers are available at the Wisconsin Historical Society Archives, contains a vivid recollection of Castle's ability as a pilot and flight instructor. Ace Rodney Williams of Delafield, Wisconsin was just one of many aviators who benefited from Castle's instruction.
SUBJECTS
Monkeys
Air pilots, Military
Airplane, Military
Military uniforms
World War, 1914-1918
Men
Outdoor photography
Portrait photography
RIGHTS AND PERMISSIONS
This image is issued by the Wisconsin Center for Film and Theater Research. For further information, contact WCFTR. Use of the image requires written permission from the staff of the Center. It may not be sold or redistributed, copied for resale or distribution as a photoprint, used as agency stock, or used in any other enterprise. The image should not be significantly altered through conventional or electronic means. Images altered beyond standard cropping and resizing require further negotiation with a staff member. The user is responsible for all issues of copyright. Please Credit: Wisconsin Center for Film and Theater Research
Reference Details
Location:Wisconsin Historical Society Archives, 4th Floor, Madison, Wisconsin

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