Lafayette Escadrille


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Lafayette Escadrille

(lä'fēĕt`, lăf'ēĕt` ĕskədrĭl`), small group of American volunteer aviators in World War I, created (Apr., 1916) as Escadrille Américaine in the French air service. It was renamed the Lafayette Escadrille in December of the same year in honor of the French hero's service in the American Revolution, and the outfit saw much frontline action and suffered heavy casualties. In Jan., 1918, the Lafayette Escadrille was reorganized in the U.S. army as the 103d Pursuit Squadron.

Bibliography

See E. C. Parson's The Great Adventure (1937, repr. 1972 under the title I Flew with the Lafayette Escadrille); study by H. M. Mason (1964).

Lafayette Escadrille

American aviators assisting Allies in WWI. [Am. Hist.: Jameson, 273]
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Flyboys, which also stars acclaimed French actor Jean Reno, tells the true story of the young men of the Lafayette Escadrille, the first American fighter-pilot squadron to see action in the First World War when a group of brave volunteers signed up to join the French and British allies while the US was still neutral.
Arriving in France, they're warned by other members of the Lafayette Escadrille to "go home while you still can".

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