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Volumes are written on the Lafayette Escadrille, a French fighter unit composed largely of American volunteers.

There is a lot of valuable sources, books and movies telling the story of the Escadrille organized by Dr. Edmund L. Gros, director of the American Ambulance Service, and Norman Prince, an American expatriate already flying for France. For starters, a page on acepilots.com is highly recommended. Here today, just some images.

Lafayette Esqadrille emblem
Lafayette Escadrille Pilot Raoul Lufbery posing in his Nieuport

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Comment by lord_k on January 6, 2012 at 5:31am

The copyright issue on this site is simple: if you publish a photo, care to mention the source and to link the image to source page (excl. images requiring a written permission of the website/copyright owner). The Cavallino was mentioned in our Baracca article.

Comment by Elvisrocks59 on January 6, 2012 at 5:05am

Yes i have seen and read about a few famous squadron insignia's pre-WWII sadly most of the books i have on nose art do dive right into WWII.

The best book is "The History of Aircraft Nose Art WWI to Today" by Jeffrey L. Ethell and Clarence Simonsen. It only has four pages of WWI aircraft but a great photo of a Fokker D.VII of Gefreiter Scheutzel showing cartoon characters from a Grimms Fairy Tale. 

I would post a photo of it but im not sure about the copyright issue on this site. 


But thanks for jogging this old man's memory Lord K. 

Comment by lord_k on January 6, 2012 at 4:00am

There were hundreds if not thousands such forerunners during the Great War. Remember Francesco Baracca's Cavallino Rampante (later adopted by Ferrari) or Eddie Rickenbacker's top hat? Not to mention personal emblems of German, French and Russian aviators.

Comment by Elvisrocks59 on January 6, 2012 at 3:53am

The Sioux Indian head squadron insignia is interesting,a fore runner of nose art ?

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