World War I: Howard Knotts – Ace of the Parade
Based on his booklet of the same name, author Tom Emery details the life of Howard Knotts (1895-1942), one of only five World War I flying aces from Illinois and the only one of the five who came from downstate. The second-youngest of Americas 63 aces, Knotts shot down six planes in a month in 1918 in his Sopwith Camel before prolonged captivity in a German prison camp. After the war, Knotts became a foremost expert on both Illinois and national aviation law. This 2pm Community Room program will provide an overview of World War I and cite numerous letters and first-hand accounts to create a portrait of Knotts, a fascinating, recklessly brave individual who one journalist called 100 percent hero.
Sunday, November 9, 2014
Bloomington Public Library Community Room
205 E Olive St
Bloomington IL 61701