Prestwick, United Kingdom
Digital Art - Digital Art Print
One of the final engagements of the famous �Escadrille Lafayette� in early 1918. The Escadrille Lafayette was formed largely from volunteer American airmen and operated on the WW1 Western Front battlefields from 1916 onwards - as America was a non-combatant until 1918 the Squadron was commanded by a French aviator and supplied with French Nieuport 11 and 17 aircraft. The Escadrille became the equally famous �Hat in the Ring� gang in 1918 when America officially started air operations in Flanders. Of the 38 US volunteers 10 were killed in action.
The image shows a Nieuport 17 tangling with the redoubtable Fokker DVII in a typical close quarters combat.
January 18th, 2012
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