Hand-Colored Lafayette Escadrille Photographs

Collection ID:
bulk 1917-1918
Physical Description:
0.1 Cubic Feet
(2 folders)

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
This collection consists of 140-150 3.5 by 5 inch photographs of the Lafayette Escadrille during WWI. There are photographs of individual officers, groups of soldiers, planes, and funerals/ memorials for members of the regiment.

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
The Lafayette Escadrille was comprised of American volunteer pilots fighting in the French Air Force during World War I (WWI) while the United States was still neutral. Dr. Edmund L. Gros, medical director of the American Field Service (AFC), and Norman Prince, an American expatriate already flying for France, led the effort to persuade the French government to authorize a volunteer American air unit fighting for France. The successes of the Lafayette Escadrille brought fame, and an increasing number of American volunteers sought service with them. Ten months after the United States' formal entry into the war the Escadrille passed into American hands.

Immediate Source of Acquisition
Unknown, Gift, Unknown

Using the Collection
Conditions Governing Access
No restrictions on access.
Preferred Citation
Hand-Colored Lafayette Escadrille Photographs, Accession XXXX-0625, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
Conditions Governing Use
Material is subject to Smithsonian Terms of Use. Should you wish to use NASM material in any medium, please submit an Application for Permission to Reproduce NASM Material, available at Permissions Requests

Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
World War, 1914-1918 -- Aerial operations Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Aeronautics, Military Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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Lafayette Escadrille Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
France. Armée. Escadrille Lafayette Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

Repository Contact
National Air and Space Museum Archives
14390 Air & Space Museum Parkway
Chantilly, VA 20151