WWI Lafayette Flying Corps in remembrance

WW1 – Tribute to the Lafayette Squadron
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by Capt. Tony Wickman

U.S. Air Forces in Europe Public Affairs

6/1/2010 – PARIS (AFNS) — U.S. and French civilian and military leaders paid their respects to America’s first combat pilots during ceremony at a memorial outside of Paris, May 27.

Gen. Roger Brady, the U.S. Air Forces in Europe commander, U.S. Ambassador to France Charles Rivkin, French Lt. Gen. Paul Fouilland, the Strategic Air Forces commander, several local elected officials and nearly 200 guests gathered at the Lafayette Escadrille Memorial’s central Arc de Triomphe to pay tribute to the 68 American pilots who died in service to the Allies during World War I.
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Article about the Escadrille Américaine

List of the 269 pilots who joined up the Lafayette Flying Corps

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All the WW1 aces of the French Air Force 1/3

Very special thanks to Cumbas who created these three films as a tribute to those heroes. Thank you so much.

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All the WW1 aces of the French Air Force 2/3

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All the WW1 aces of the French Air Force 3/3

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Guynemer’s motto – « FAIRE FACE »

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The WWI French ace Georges Guynemer used to say:

  • « Il y a une limite à toute chose, et il faut toujours la dépasser. » « Everything has a limit which has always got to be surpassed. »
  • « Lorsque l’on n’a pas tout donné, on n’a rien donné. » « As long as you have not given your all, you have given nothing »

Last but not least, captain Guynemer’s most famous phrase – « Faire face » « Face up to it » was then adopted by the French Air Force Academy (FAFA) as their motto. A few words that well expresses the French pilots’ bravery.

Loyal to these principles, the French ace took part in several hundreds of aerial combats, crediting 53 victories. He was shot down seven times, and he was admired for he always survived, but that September 11… The hero took off once again. Outnumbered by German warplanes in a last dogfighting over Belgium. Then, he fell.

RIP

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