Mason, Herbert Molloy, Jr.
Title THE LAFAYETTE ESCADRILLE.
Publisher Smithmark, New York, 1995.
Seller ID 24577
340 pp, large 8vo (9 1/2" H), hard cover in dust jacket. ISBN 0831757124 B&w photographs, maps. "Presents the full, authoritative story of that 'brave band of brothers' who were the first Americans to fight in World War I. Patriots, adventurers, even soldiers of fortune, they came from all walks of life, burning with a kind of idealism which has now all but disappeared. They began their fight against the Hun in the trenches - as members of the Foreign Legion they kept their U.S. cit i z e n s h ip - but turned naturally and enthusiastically to the new war that was being waged high in the sky. They flew French planes and at first were scattered among various French squadrons. Then a special 'escadrille' was formed for the Amer ic an s, a nd s oon its reputation spread far beyond the front. While the United States was sending obsolete 'Jenny' training planes against Pancho Villa in Mexico, the Lafayette Escadrille - and Americans like Norman Prince, Raoul Lufbery, Victo r C hap man , B ill Th aw, Kiffin Rockwell and Jim McConnell - was meeting in deadly dogfights the best pilots Germany had to offer. (This book) is based on years of research in Europe and in America, including interviews with survivors of the Esc adri lle. It is ther efor e not only the definitive story of the Escadrille but also a unique portrayal of the first war in the air. It reveals the full spectrum of their existence - in the air as well as on the ground. It tells of pet lion cub s (na med W hiske y an d Sod a) as well as ambitious air raids; of dogfights as well as highjinks in Paris. More than any other book, this dramatic narrative tells honestly and in depth what it was like to be an American pursuit pilot in the Great War." Mino r wrin kling at to p/bott om of front hinge. Dust jacket has minor wrinkling at top/bottom of front hinge and at top of rear flap-fold. Very Good+/Very Good+