L. Frank Baum in Southern Victory
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. Canadian housewife-turned-terrorist Mary McGregor Pomeroy read Baum's Queen Zixi of Ix 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#L. Frank Baum for more references to Baum's writing in Harry Turtledove works.