• 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)  SOLD

    Price: $0.00
  • 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 appeared. SOLD

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  • 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. SOLD

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  • 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. SOLD

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  • 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
  • Nordhoff & Hall, The Lafayette Flying Corps, Vol I & II (Kennikat Edition)

    SKU: 17-LFC-00006

    Hall, James Norman and Charles Bernard Nordhoff.  The Lafayette Flying Corps, Vol I and II.  Port Washington, N.Y., Kennikat Press, 1964.  Facsimile reprint of the famous 1920 edition.  Vol I 514pp, Vol II, 316pp.  Vol I has extensive bios and portraits of the pilots and Vol II is the unit's history/story.  Limited edition of 500.  About good condition, no marks and sound; light rubbing on cover edges.  A set of the original edition will run about $1000.  This really nice facsimile, limited edition is a bargain at my price.

    Price: $225.00
  • Norman Prince Childhood Portrait - signed

    SKU: 17-LFC-00005

    Lt. Norman Prince, Lafayette Escadrille, 5 victories, KIA October 1916.  Prince was one of the most popular pilots in and a founder of the Lafayette Escadrille which became the famous 103rd Aero Squadron when the US joined the war.  This is an 8.5 x 11" page from an autograph collector's album with a descriptive label at the top, a small oval image of Prince at the bottom (in French aviation) and the centerpiece a 2 x 2.5" portrait of a young Prince in jacket and tie which is mounted to a slightly larger card with the stamped imprint of the photographer, "MARSHALL BOSTON".  On the reverse in ink is "Norman Prince, May 1901"Assumed that this is in Prince's hand.  ( In 1901 Prince was 13 years old).  All in good condition. The photo is under loose clear poly and is not pasted down nor permanently attached (needs to come out of the page, though).  Important autograph nearly impossible to obtain due to his death at a young age.

    Price: $425.00
  • Lafayette Escadrille Photos - Artist Portraits

    SKU: 17-LFC-00004

    Nine (9) 8 x 10" b&w glossy photos of what appears to be pen and ink drawings of famous aviators.  The pictured photo is of a painting of Victor Chapman.  On the reverse is a stamp "Smithsonian Institution" and a pencilled annotation: "Victor Emmanuel Chapman/by John Elliott (1858-1925)/Gift of Mrs. John Elliott/National Collection of Fine Arts".  The other eight are of James R. McConnell, Kiffin Rockwell, William Thaw, Norman Prince, Georges Thenault, Paul Pavelka, Raoul Lufbery, and Edmond Genet.  All have similar Smithsonian stamps and pencil annotations on the reverse.  These are likely vintage 1950s-60s.  Conditon of all is very good.

    Price: $150.00
  • Lafayette Flying Corp Biography - Charles Veil

    SKU: 16-B-00007

    Veil, Charles (as told to Howard Marsh).  Adventure's A Wench.  New York, Grosset & Dunlap, 1934.  6 x 9", cloth hardcover, no dj.  340pp, illus.  Excellent condition; likely the best copy I have ever seen.  A classic tale of the LFC.

    Price: $45.00
  • 1962 - Lafayette Escadrille, Lafayette Flying Corps, French Foreign Legion Airshow Program

    SKU: 15-AR-00025

    First Renunion Airshow, Battle Creek, Michigan,  August 18-19.  Wonderful early photos, dedicated to Frederick Zinn, Battle Creek native and LFC pilot who died two years earlier.  16pp, 8 1/2 x 11", page of insignia from French squadrons.  Excellent.  (2)

    Price: $20.00