Flying for France. With the American Escadrille at Verdun.


Published by Doubleday, Page & Company,, Garden City:, 1917
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Title: Flying for France. With the American ...

Publisher: Doubleday, Page & Company,, Garden City:

Publication Date: 1917

Binding: Hardcover

Edition: First Edition..


octavo, (xiv), 157, (v)pp. James R. McConnell was from Carthage, North Carolina. Desiring to take a part in the War in Europe, he sailed for France in January 1915 and joined the American Ambulance Field Service. Serving in Section 2, he was witness to the heavy fighting which took place around Pont-a-Mousson and the Bois-le-Pretre. Wanting to play a more active part in the war, he joined the French Aviation in October 1915 and received his brevet on 6 February 1916. In April he went to the Front as one of the original members of the Escadrille Lafayette. He flew with the Escadrille Lafayette from 20 April 1916 to 19 March 1917. He proved to be a gallant and courageous pilot, always ready for the fight, but unfortunately never gaining a victory. On 19 March 1917, McConnell was killed in combat near Jussy. For his service with the American Ambulane he received the Croix de Guerre, with Star and for his service with Frence Aviation he received the Croix de Guerre, with Palm. McConnell's love for life and idealism as an airman come through in this enjoyable book. White stamping on front cover flaked, small water spot at edge of front cover, else a fine, clean copy. red cloth stamped in black on front cover and spine and with a depiction of an aeroplane on cover with clouds stamped in white. Bookseller Inventory # 15907

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