LEGION OF THE LAFAYETTE by Arch Whitehouse

LEGION OF THE LAFAYETTE

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KIRKUS REVIEW

A popular writer on aviation and military history now tells the story of one of the most famous aviation ventures in World War I---the Lafayette Escadrille. He not only tells the story well, but he concentrates on the Lesser-known fighter pilots who, unlike Pail or Luke or Ulet, flew day in and day out without fame or notoriety. Here are famous early flyers like Masson, dedicated soldiers like Lufbery, idealistic young men like the Rockwells or Bill Thaw. Recruited from America and other places, they began flying Nisuports for France on April 20, 1916. Their dogfights, scouting flights, and above all, their make subject matter one reads with delight. How men like Eddie Rickenbacker later joined the squadron, how it began flying Spads, and how in late 1917 was dissolved into the U.S. Air Service, complete the carefully detailed story. A complete list of Lafayette pilots and their accomplishments and consequent fate ends this very valuable book.

Publisher: Doubleday