• Lafayette Escadrille Photo - 1916

    SKU: 21-P-180

     Copy from French Army Archives, 5x7", b&w.  Extensive pencil annotation on reverse identifies Nungesser and Norman Prince with a date of 6 July 1916.  Carries a rubber stamp from the archives and a file label from American Heritage. Excellent. SOLD

    Price: $0.00
  • Lot of 25 Lafayette Escadrille Photos, French Army Archive Copies

    SKU: 21-P-9

     All 5x7 b&w from the "Establissement Cinematographique des Armees, Fort D'Ivry".  Each reverse carries the archive rubber stamp along with a photo number in pencil.  But best of all, there is a detailed caption in pencil on the back of each (names, location, subject).  These also came through the American Heritage photo files.  I would guess these copies date from the 1960s-70s.  In the photo in the upper left you see a sample, this one of a pilot's grave.  Immediately to the right is the reverse with the rubber stamp shown.  Below is the collection itself.  Condition of all is excellent.  Accessing these today from the French Archives would likely cost at least twice what I am asking. 

    Price: $250.00
  • Lot of 10 Photos, Lafayette Flying Corps/Escadrille

    SKU: 21-P-8

     All 8x10" b&w from the American Heritage files.  Four are of Henri Farre paintings in the USAF Art Collection (subjects: Nungesser, Thaw, Guynemer, Malzeville Airfield).  Four by unknown artists (subjects: Thaw, Lufbery,Prince, Rockwell).  One of a charcoal of the airfield at Toul, France, by J. Andre Smith, Natrional Archive Collection, Signal Corps WWI photo.  One of the Lafayette Escadrille mascot, "Whiskey".  All very good condition.

    Price: $90.00
  • Lafayette Escadrille Group Photo - 1916

    SKU: 20-LFC-4

     Original b&w photo, 8x5", image size 5.5x3.25".  Ten members in full uniform in front of their aircraft.  Reverse has the ink inscription "Lafayette Escadrille at Verdun 1916" and "Paul A. Rockwell Collection", typed file label below.  Very good with typed file label at the bottom of the reverse; image very sharp. SOLD

    Price: $0.00
  • LFC Pilot David Lewis Signed Lot

    SKU: 18-LFC-00048

    Nice lot of signed items by David W. Lewis, LFC pilot.  Lewis served for 6 months in 1915 with the American Ambulance Field Service, returned to the US and then went back to France a second time in ambulance work.  He tranfered to aviation and received his brevet on 13 Nov 1917.  He served with spa 79 and is credited with one victory.  This is a large grouping of paper from Lewis incorporating the following:  1) Two color illustrations removed from a period book (which one is unknown), each signed boldly by Lewis, 2) one postcard and two original photos of WWI aircraft, each signed by Lewis, 3) original Air Service aerial photo 3.5x5" of USAS aircraft over Montidier France (inscribed on reverse), 4)  letter to Lewis in original envelope addressed to him in spa 79 dated May 1918, 5) large photo copy of Lewis' Croix de Guerre certificate from 1915 (signed by Lewis at the bottom) 6) 5x7 original photo of trenches below a USAS aircraft in flight, 7) several articles and certificates issued to Lewis later in life and a copy of the 1962 Lafayette First Reunion Air Show program.  A very comprehensive group with great signatures on original photos.

    Price: $0.00
  • Lafayette Flying Corp Poster - The Last Reunion, Aug 25-28, 1983 - Signed by Five Survivors

    SKU: 18-LFC-00047

    Attractive poster by Jack Moses for "The Last Reunion" of the Lafayette Flying Corps held Aug 25-28, 1983 at the USAF Academy, Colorado Springs.  Pictured in the lithograph are 9 surviving LFC members (Paul Rockwell was the official historian).  The following LFC members signed the poster:  Paul Rockwell, Wainwright Abbott, John Huffer, Henry Forster and Charles Grey.  The poster is 16 x 20" and is shrink-wrapped over a foam-core board.  It is as new except there is a small 1/4" indent near the upper left margin which is visible only close up and will press out when framed.  This will be shipped as-is, flat, so extra shipping will be billed separately.  My estimate is about $25.  (I was at this reunion while on the faculty at the Academy and it was quite the event)

    Price: $225.00
  • Lafayette Escadrille Ace Edwin Parsons Handwritten Bio

    SKU: 18-LFC-00027

    VERY RARE handwritten bio form by WWI Ace Edwin C. Parsons.  Parsons' story is magical starting with learning to fly with Glenn Curtiss in 1912, then trying to form an air force for Pancho Villa, then joining the French Air Service and the Escadrille Lafayette.  He is credited with 8 victories and states in his form that he had 7 probables.  Following the war he joined the FBI, then opened a private investigative service and worked with the movies.  He served in WWII and retired as a rear admiral.  A true hero and warrior!  This bio form was likely done for some research on the LFC or as an application for the American Fighter Aces Association.  It's possible that the original full sheet has been trimmed at the top where an organization logo might have appered.

    Price: $135.00
  • LFC Pilot Edwin Bradley Fairchild Signed Photo

    SKU: 18-LFC-00006

    5x7" copy of an old photo of Fairchild, annotated in ink in his hand: "Adjutant Bradley Fairchild, French Foreign Legion 4th Reg., Escadrille S159 Group de Combat 2/0 (Spads)".  Reverse has a stamp from the Steve St. Martin Photo Collection (St. Martin would travel to reunions and solicit autographs) .  Fairchild recorded two victories and is another colorful character who was highly decorated by the French and then was interred by the Japanese in WWII.  Very good.

    Price: $35.00
  • Lafayette Escadrille Pilot Carl Dolan Signed Letter

    SKU: 18-LFC-00005

    Note from famous Escadrillle pilot Carl Dolan penned on Lafayette Escadrille Corp letterhead.  His inscription reads "This might clarify the photo?" with his signature below.  Dolan's penned annotations are beside each of the member's names printed to the left.  Examples are ..."sick, wounded, leave, RFC, prisoner, hospital, etc."  Photo he refers to is not present but must have been wartime.  Dolan had an illustrious career in aviation (see Lafayette Flying Corp by Dennis Gordon) for more details.  He was the last suviving member of the Lafayette Escadrille; he passed in 1981.  Very good condition.

    Price: $85.00
  • LFC Pilot Arthur Cunningham Postcard

    SKU: 18-LFC-00003

    Postcard sent from LFC Pilot Arthur Cunningham to Dr. Kleiser, ca. 1967.  Text acknowledges Cunninghams willingness to add his signature to a project.  He was part of the famous Harvard Ambulance Unit and transfered to aviation, earning his brevet on Dec 1, 1917.  He later transfered to the famous USAS 94th Aero Sqdn ("Hat-in-the-Ring").  Very good. 

    Price: $20.00