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Admin/Biog History Otto B. Sells was the son of William and Carrie Prine Sells. He was a member of Company B, 2nd Wisconsin National Guard during the Mexican Border War and Company B, 127th Infantry, 32nd Division during World War I. He was killed by an artillery shell near the town of Fisme, France on August 4, 1918.
Collection World War I Small Collections
Dates of Accumulation 1918
Abstract Letter from Otto Bernanrd Sells, Company B, 127th Infantry, 32nd Division to his family in Oshkosh, WI.

June 27, 1918
Dear Folks & all.
Just a few lines to let you know I'm in the finest of health hoping it will find you all the same. I'm on guard & got lots of time so will drop a few lines. We sure seen a funny stunt with airplanes. Three Huns came over & two of them made a pretty dive down at a balloon & all the anti-aircraft guns were bursting around them, but without fazing the machines a bit. One just missed it by a few feet setting it on fire. After being ablaze the man in it jumped out & sailed down with a parachute. The third machine was downed by our own planes & it sure seems good to see him fall, besides the same afternoon we got rid of their balloons. Two French planes with American aviators were driving them, got lost & run out of gasoline. One or both landed in Germany the one couldn't get up any more & was taken prisoner. The other landed twice but managed to get up again. He then sailed down again & just missed our town & hit along side of a hill, braking his machine all up. But he never got a scratch, he got out & run & hide in the woods but our men went [to] see who he was. Finding out he was with his own companions he came out. He was a Lieutenant. We see stuff like that every day & if we knew we could tell, [and] would have wrote some stuff sooner. We lost another one of our Lieutenants being transferred. By the time this letter reaches you we will have our third hitch done in the front lines. The soil here is different then in lots of places. This is a good country for spuds & they are large ones too. I haven't received mail for nearly a month, but never the less I'm in hopes of getting more today & a large amount. Let me know if you get the fifty I sent. Luck has been against me this month. You will get a extra check each month of five dollars for my allotment is twenty dollars.
Close with Love, Son Otto
Event World War I
Category 8: Communication Artifact
Legal Status Oshkosh Public Museum
Object ID SC411.10.18.12
Object Name Letter
People Sells, Otto Bernard
Subjects World War I
Soldiers
127th United States Infantry
32nd Division
Casualties
Balloonists
Balloons (Aircraft)
Aerial bombings
Fighter pilots
Fighter planes
Air warfare
Title Letter
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