L. Frank Baum in Southern VictoryEdit
Lieutenant Lyman Baum was an American pilot on the Canadian Front at the beginning of the Great War. Baum was a little skinny guy with a black beard. He was part of a four man flight formation led by Lt. Jonathan Moss and his usual position was right wing man.
When the squadron converted from one man Curtiss Super Hudsons to two man Wright-17s, Baum was one of many pilots who objected to the change. He was especially concerned over having to depend on the observer to defend the aeroplane since the Wright was a tractor type and so could not mount a machine gun on the nose as the Curtiss did. However, Captain Elijah Franklin had his orders and overruled the objections. When the observers arrived, he assigned Observer van Zandt to Baum.
Baum also wrote popular children's books under the name L. Frank Baum. Bostonian factory worker Sylvia Enos read Baum's novel Queen Zixi of Ix to her children George and Mary Jane in 1915. Two decades later, Canadian housewife-turned-terrorist Mary McGregor Pomeroy read the same book to her son Alec. She enjoyed the story, even though it was written by a "Yank," because it was set in a fantasy world where neither the USA nor Canada existed.
- Literary Allusions in Turtledove's Work for more references to Baum's writing in Harry Turtledove works.
- L. Frank Baum at the Oz wiki.