Heavy fog shrouded the American airdrome at Souilly, France, on 9 October 1918. At noon it began to clear, allowing Lt. A Raymond Brooks, to take off, leading a flight of seven other SPAD XIIIs of the 22nd Aero Squadron. Brooks was flying number 20, with the inscription "Smith IV" beneath the cockpit, in honor of his fiancée who attended Smith College in North Hampton, Massachusetts. They climbed out to 3,500 meters, setting their course for the Verdun area. At 1350 hours they spotted four German two-place D.F>W. observation planes escorted by nearly a dozen Fokker D-IIs. Brooks led his flight to the attack. In the ensuing battle one of the D.F.W.
fell to Brooks' guns. Flight member Lt. Clinton Jones downed another, which brought his total to five and made him an ace.
This proved to be Ray Brooks' last victory, for just over a month later the war was over. His aircraft, "Smith IV", was dismantled and shipped back to the United States for a Liberty Bond drive. It was ultimately presented to the Smithsonian Institution and in 1986 was completely restored.
"Last Victory" is hand signed by WW1 Ace Lt. A. Raymond Brooks, 22nd Aero Squadron. This combat scene depicts Lt. Brook's sixth and last victory over Aincreville, France on October 9, 1918.