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Babbitt, Leman L., 1892-1965



  • Existence: 1892 - 1965

biographical statement

Leman Babbitt graduated from the US Naval Academy in 1913. He received his LTA (lighter than air) Naval Aviator rating in January 1918 as #283 and his HTA rating in 1922. During WWI he served at Liverpool, England; Paulliac, France; and Bordeaux, France. He commanded a US station for airships near Gujan-Mestras (between Meyran and hamlets Ruade). Kick). The first sailors arrived on 1 February 1918 were housed in a sardine cannery. On November 11, 1918, 245 men and 11 officers were under his command. The station was decommissioned 15 January 1919. Babbitt continued to serve until 1938, at which time he retired as a Lt. Commander. He died in 1965.

Found in 1 Collection or Record:

Leman L. Babbitt WWI photographs, 1918

Identifier: 2012-065
Scope and Contents 9 B/W WWI-era photographic aerial views and ground views of the Gujan air station, compound, hangars, and YMCA club, located in France.
Dates: 1918-11