California State Militia and National
Guard Unit Histories
115th Observation Squadron
Colonel William "Billy"
Mitchell (in coveralls) visits the 115th in 1925 during the squadron's
The ubiquitous JN-4H
"Jenny." Griffith Park Airport 1926
In September 1927, the 115th
Observation Squadron held its summer camp at its home base, Griffith
Park Airport. Visiting staff officers from the Sacramento headquarters
review the 115th's new aircraft and crews. The aircraft include
(in order, from left) one Douglas C-1, two Douglas O-2Cs and
six Consolidated DT-1s. These aircraft replaced the JN4H "Jennies"
which were no longer safe for flight and were destroyed by National
Guard Bureau order.
Preparing for a target towing
mission at Camp Merriam, now Camp San Luis Obispo, in 1933. Captain
Miller boards an O-38 as mechanics adjust the towing mechanism.
Note the squadron insignia on the side of the aircraft.
Major General) Clarence Shoop at Griffith Park Airport 1934.
General Shoop became the commander of the California Air National
Guard in 1957.
Captain O.D. McKenzie
leads the the reviewing troops during ceremonies at Griffith
Park in 1938
An 0-47 flying low
at Camp Merriam
An O-47 flying over
the Sierra Nevada Mountains
A Vultee-Sinson L-5
of the 115th Reconnaissance Squadron in the Burmese jungle, 1945