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First to fly : the story of the Lafayette Escadrille, the American heroes who flew for France in World War I

Author: Charles Bracelen Flood
Publisher: New York, NY : Atlantic Monthly Press, 2016. ©2015
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First paperback editionView all editions and formats
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Tells the story of the daredevil Americans of the Lafayette Escadrille, who flew in French planes, wore French uniforms, and showed the world an American brand of heroism before the United States entered the Great War.
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Genre/Form: Biography
Biographies
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Charles Bracelen Flood
ISBN: 9780802125200 0802125204
OCLC Number: 922157650
Description: xvii, 266 pages : illustrations, map ; 21 cm
Contents: Two deaths trigger thirty-seven million more --
By God I know mighty well what I would do! --
How the new thing grew --
Aspects of the great new dimension --
What manner men? --
Contrasts --
The odds are never good : Clyde Balsley --
The oddsmaker is impersonal : Victor Chapman --
Women at war : Alice Weeks --
More American eagles take to the sky --
There was this man named Bert Hall --
New commanders for a new form of combat --
Shadows of war in the "City of Light" --
Things are different up there, and then on the ground --
Bert Hall takes life by the horns --
Aces --
A bloody report card --
Bert Hall as thinker, bartender, and raconteur --
Bad things happen to good new men --
Convenient emergencies --
Unique volunteers --
The war changes men and women, some for better, and some for worse --
Colorful men arrive on the Eastern Front --
A letter from home, to a young man with a secret --
The United States enters the war --
A lion in the air passes the torch, and the Escadrille bids its own lions farewell --
Yvonne! --
Good-bye, Luf. And thank you --
Different American wings in French skies --
The end of a long four years --
L'envoi = Farewell.
Other Titles: Story of the Lafayette Escadrille, the American heroes who flew for France in World War I
Responsibility: Charles Bracelen Flood.

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Tells the story of the daredevil Americans of the Lafayette Escadrille, who flew in French planes, wore French uniforms, and showed the world an American brand of heroism before the United States entered the Great War.

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