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Catalog Number 10091-17
Title Suit, Flier's; WWI, Orville Ralston
Object Name Suit, Flier's
Description Tan with light tan fur lining. Cuffs at wrists and ankles button closed with tan plastic buttons. Large pocket on front of each leg and one on chest. Overlapping button front closure. Adjustable belt at back. Collar is missing. Cloth label at back of neckline reads "Racabal Sidcot / Aviation / Suit / Regd 662185 / Robinson & Cleaver Ltd. / Regent St. / London." Written in black ink along the top inner edge of front flap is "O.A. Ralston."
Year Range from 1916
Year Range to 1918
Material Fabric/Fur/Plastic/Metal
Made Racabal Sidcot
Place of Origin England: London
Length (in) 63
People Ralston, Orville A., 1894-1942
Event World War I
History Orville A. Ralston was born in September of 1894 near Weeping Water, Nebraska. He graduated from Peru State Teachers College in 1915 and from the University of Nebraska Dental College in 1920. He entered training at the outbreak of World War I and served in both British and American forces. An aviator, he was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross in October of 1918 for his "combat success and daring" in leading a fight over the western front. He was officially credited with the destruction of six German planes and was given unofficial credit for six more. He was recognized as an expert on ballistics and gunnery.

From 1920 to 1936 Ralston practiced dentistry in Ainsworth, Nebraska, except while doing graduate work in the San Francisco College of Physicians and Surgeons. While at Ainsworth he served two terms on the city council, one as mayor. In 1937 he moved to Valentine, Nebraska. The following year he was appointed to the state aeronautical commission. After World War II began he enlisted and was commissioned a Major in the Air Corps in 1942, serving as a personnel officer. Major Ralston was killed in an airplane crash near Great Falls, Montana, December 30, 1942. He was survived by his wife, Charlotte, and three children, Janet, Robert, and Patricia.

For more information see RG2432.AM: Orville Alfred Ralston, 1894-1942 at the NSHS archives.
Credit line Mrs. Orville A. Ralston, Lincoln (Lancaster), Nebraska
Collection Ralston, Mrs. Orville A.
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