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Lafayette Escadrille: Americans in the French Air Service   Norman Prince from Massachusetts, was one of the Americans who was instrumental in establishing the Escadrille.

Lafayette Escadrille: Americans in the French Air Service Norman Prince from Massachusetts, was one of the Americans who was instrumental in establishing the Escadrille.

March 14, 1885: Raoul Lufbery, American World War I pilot, was born (d. 1918). Lufbery was a French-American fighter pilot and flying ace in World War I. Because he served in both the French and later the United States Army Air Service in World War I, he is sometimes listed as a French ace and sometimes as an American ace, though all but one of his 17 combat victories came while flying in French units.

March 14, 1885: Raoul Lufbery, American World War I pilot, was born (d. 1918). Lufbery was a French-American fighter pilot and flying ace in World War I. Because he served in both the French and later the United States Army Air Service in World War I, he is sometimes listed as a French ace and sometimes as an American ace, though all but one of his 17 combat victories came while flying in French units.

Paul F. Baer was the first American flier to attain ace status (5 or more victories) in WW I. He flew with the famed Lafayette Escadrille of The French Air Service before America entered the War. Later in the War he flew with the US Army Air Service and racked up four more victories for a total of 9.

Paul F. Baer was the first American flier to attain ace status (5 or more victories) in WW I. He flew with the famed Lafayette Escadrille of The French Air Service before America entered the War. Later in the War he flew with the US Army Air Service and racked up four more victories for a total of 9.

Capitaine George Guynemer, WW1 French Air Ace of Escadrille N.3 squadron, achieved 53 confirmed victories. He died at the age of 22, his body was never found.

Capitaine George Guynemer, WW1 French Air Ace of Escadrille N.3 squadron, achieved 53 confirmed victories. He died at the age of 22, his body was never found.

Karl Menckhoff's Fokker D.VII of Jasta 72 (marked with prominent letter "M"s) at Bergnicourt, July 1918.  Menckhoff was credited with 39 confirmed victories. Already in his 30s when he learned to fly, he was one of the oldest pilots in the Imperial German Air Service. He won the Pour le Mérite ("Blue Max"), and was given a squadron command. Menckhoff became a prisoner of war, along with many other German pilots, at Camp Montoire, near Orléans.

Karl Menckhoff's Fokker D.VII of Jasta 72 (marked with prominent letter "M"s) at Bergnicourt, July 1918. Menckhoff was credited with 39 confirmed victories. Already in his 30s when he learned to fly, he was one of the oldest pilots in the Imperial German Air Service. He won the Pour le Mérite ("Blue Max"), and was given a squadron command. Menckhoff became a prisoner of war, along with many other German pilots, at Camp Montoire, near Orléans.

The Escadrille Lafayette mascots Whiskey and Soda - Lafayette Escadrille - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The Escadrille Lafayette mascots Whiskey and Soda - Lafayette Escadrille - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Kiffin Rockwell, Lafayette Escadrille

Kiffin Rockwell, Lafayette Escadrille

Lafayette Escadrille: Americans in the French Air Service

Lafayette Escadrille: Americans in the French Air Service

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