SPA124 Lafayette Escadrille (Aviation Elite Units 17)

SPA124 Lafayette Escadrille (Aviation Elite Units 17)


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SPA124 Lafayette Escadrille (Aviation Elite Units 17) by Jon Guttman, Harry Dempsey

This book tells the story of one of World War I's most famous squadrons, Spa. 124 - the only French squadron made up entirely of American volunteers (save for the commander and executive officer.) Organised in April 1916, the group was successively dubbed the Escadrille Americaine, Escadrille des Volontaires and finally the Escadrille Lafayette. Its achievements were modest, but it included several colourful characters who captured the public imagination and played a major role in gaining American sympathy for the Allied cause. When the United States finally entered the war, many Lafayette veterans helped prepare US Army Air Service and Navy pilots for combat, although a few chose to stay on with the French.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781841767529
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Publication date: 09/15/2004
Series: Aviation Elite Units Series
Pages: 128
Product dimensions: 7.21(w) x 9.70(h) x 0.28(d)

About the Author

A resident of Leesburg, Virginia, Jon Guttman is senior editor, research director and contributing writer for Primedia Enthusiast Publications. Specialising in World War 1 aviation, he has written eight books so far, including Aircraft of the Aces 39: 'SPAD VII Aces of World War 1' and Aircraft of the Aces 47: 'SPAD XII/XIII Aces of World War 1.'

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