|Schooling was important to Osgood, as he took several correspondence
courses in auto mechanics, cartooning, and weight lifting. His interests soon turned to
girls and was the local swain. Earning the nickname "Bunny" for his prowess with
the women, he was nonetheless honorable with his love interests. However, the scope of his
affairs soon led to the need to move on.
In the wee hour of the morning during his great
escape of 1911, he came upon an open field were sat a strange contraption. Stumbling over
a sleeping man. Shocked, both men first scuffled. Soon they tired and began to laugh at
the situation. The aviator, one Bernie Lipkawitz, explained what the machine was and what
it did. Bunny sat in rapt attention as Bernie told of his adventures in flying those six
miles to this field. Osgood then knew the direction his life must take.
Heading for the nearest "Gentleman's Club" to revitalized himself, Osgood was
accosted by thugs and essentially kidnapped. Awakened by the splash of sea water in his
face, he found himself bound and aboard a ship. For two weeks he traveled in the most
deplorable conditions. There was no wine, no women and the sailors could hardly carry a
tune. Gaining the confidence of his captors he was allowed to roam the ship and quickly
asserted himself as leader. However the current thug in charge took exception to Osgood's
claim and sold him to a passing Moslem steamer bound for Cairo. This ship, the Hakem, was
carrying archeological supplies for a "digger" studying the Holy Places of Mecca
and Egypt. Sensing a way out this most precarious of situations, Osgood learned all he
could of archeology and when the ship docked, convinced the captain of his worth to the
"digger". Taken with pluck of the prisoner and the prospect of enhanced profit
so captivated the captain, that he arranged the sale of Osgood to the archeologist.
Thomas Edward Lawerence the "digger" recognized the plight of Osgood at once
and agreed to pay the sale price. Never intending to keep Osgood as a slave but rendering
assistance to a fellow country man, Lawerence did make Osgood work off his debt by
carrying the unloaded supplies to his dig site. Upon discharging his duty, Osgood had no
clue where he was or what to do. TE suggested that Bunny look up the local military post
and perhaps could get a good meal and clothes.
Walking for days Bunny found a solitary tent set up in the desert, somewhere near Port
Said. As he entered the darkness of the tent a voice called, "Eh Wot another recruit?
..SAR- GENT! sign 'em up and get 'em flying". Thus Bunny Osgood came to the Lost
Squadron and on to become on of her most outstanding officers and pilots.