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In 1915 Holmes and Deryl Williams went to Japan where they started an aviation venture at Osaka.[[strikethrough]]Where t[[/strikethrough]] They established a small factory and flying school, with Japanese mechanics and prospective students helping to build planes in payment for their flying instruction. Williams was also a former Kartin employee, a skilled mechanic and licensed aviator. There that summer Holmes flew a Gyro-powered Curtiss-type pusher biplane and trained young military officers. Their [[stikethrough]]shell[[/strikethrough]] business [[strikethrough]]evidently[[strikethrough]] continued for some time; [[strikethrough]]and[[/strikethrough]] later they started a similar business venture in China. [[strikethrough]]Reportedly[[/strikethrough]] however, the Orientals were[[strikethrough]]quite[[/strikethrough]] skeptical of financing American enterprises, so [[strikethrough]]apparently[[/stikethrough]] it was a struggle for the Americans to keep going and their attempts never achieved the growth they deserved for their efforts. In September, 1919 Holmes returned the the United States and was around the Los Angeles area for a time, then disappeared from the aeronautical scene. [[strikethrough]]as of this [[/strikethrough]] This biographer [[strikethrough]]? is[[/strikethrough]] does not know[[strikethrough]]n[[/strikethrough]]what became of him.
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