Titre : Flying for France with the American ...
Éditeur : Doubleday, Page & Company, Garden City
Date d'édition : 1917
Reliure : Hardcover
Etat du livre : Very Good-
Etat de la jaquette : No Dust Jacket
Edition : First Edition
Xiv, 157 pages, 6 plates, pictorial cloth, covers sun-faded otherwise very good. From Wikipedia: "James Rogers McConnell (1887 - 1917) flew as an aviator during World War I in the Lafayette Escadrille and authored Flying for France. He was the first of sixty-four sons of the University of Virginia to die in battle during that War. ~ Of his decision to join the fighting ranks, McConnell wrote: "All along I had been convinced that the United States ought to aid in the struggle against Germany. With that conviction, it was plainly up to me to do more than drive an ambulance. The more I saw the splendour of the fight the French were fighting, the more I felt like an embusque - what the British call a "shirker." So I made up my mind to go into aviation." On May 13, 1916, McConnell participated in the unit's first patrol. Thirty-eight pilots of the Lafayette Escadrille flew Nieuport biplanes that traveled at 110 miles per hour (180 km/h) Operating from Luxeuil Field in eastern France, McConnell's group typically set off each day at dawn, clad in fur-lined outfits for two hour patrols. Only after the battle of Verdun were the planes equipped with machine guns; prior to this, pilots simply fired machine guns single-handedly while steering. The 47-round Lewis machine guns were replaced with 500-round Vickers models which synchronized with the rotating propellers. While convalescing from a back injury, suffered during a landing mishap, McConnell found time to compose Flying for France. In aerial combat with two German planes, McConnell died on March 19, 1917 above the Somme battlefields. ". N° de réf. du libraire 33550
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