The Lafayette Flying Corps - James Norman Hall, Charles Bernard Nordhoff [Editors], Edgar G. Hamilton [Associate Editor] 1920 - Houghton Mifflin Company, Boston and New York - First Edition The comprehensive story of the American pilots who flew against the Germans in World War I, both before the Americans officially entered the War [as the Lafayette Escadrille] and from 1918 onwards with various French and American units. Those who flew with French units during the War were called the Lafayette Flying Corps. Included in volume one are biographies and service records, whilst volume two runs through the history of the corps, cleverly incorporating letters from the pilots to provide a first hand account.

Profusely illustrated throughout with black and white photographs and colour plates.
  Hall joined the Lafayette Escadrille in 1916, and ten days after finishing training he was ‘caught in a pocket of seven Germans’ crashed and was seriously injured. When America joined the war Hall transferred to the American Air Service, and in 1918 he was shot down behind German lines and spent the last six months of the war in a prison camp. He was awarded the French Légion d’Honneur and the American Distinguished Service Cross. Late in the war he met Nordhoff who had served with the Lafayette Flying Corps, both had written articles for the Atlantic Monthly about their wartime experiences and At the end of the war, Dr. Gros, Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Air Service, and the man who had largely responsible for the formation of the Lafayette Escadrille ordered them to assemble and edit the histories of the pilots of the Escadrille and the Flying Corps. Thus began a long and successful writing partnership.   Condition: Very good plus, little wear to edges and corners, spines dulled but gilt sharp, internally clean, one or two pages have been poorly cut when opened, one gathering loose in volume I.   Ref: 105220   Price: HK$ 9,200