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In the late fall of 1916 Powers became a civilian instructor at the newly established United States Signal Corps, Aviation Section flying school at Ashburn Field, Chicago, along with T. C. McCauley, Victor Vernon, J. D. Hill, E. A. Johnson, "Sinnie" Sinclair and others. There they began to train World War I pilots. In January, 1917 the school moved to Memphis, Tennessee for the winter months and Powers went with the group. In the spring of 1917 the school returned north, to Chanute Field, and Powers was there for a time, then in December he was at Call Field, Wichita, Texas.
After World War I Powers reportedly later moved to California, and as of this writing it is not known what became of him.
Flying Pioneer Harry W. Powers must be remembered for this interest in the first advent of aeroplanes and exhibition flying which continued under many hardships, as well as his contribution to the war effort as a civilian instructor of military pilots.


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