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Flying for France by McConnell, James R.

Flying for France by McConnell, James R.

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Title: Flying for France
Author: James R. McConnell
Release Date: November, 2004 [EBook #6977]

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FLYING FOR FRANCE
With the American Escadrille at Verdun
BY
JAMES R. McCONNELL
Sergeant-Pilot in the French Flying Corps
James R. McConnell
ILLUSTRATED FROM PHOTOGRAPHS
THROUGH THE KINDNESS OF MR. PAUL ROCKWELL
To
MRS. ALICE S. WEEKS
Who having lost a splendid son in the French Army has given to a great number of us other Americans in the
war the tender sympathy and help of a mother.
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FLYING FOR FRANCE
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CONTENTS
Introduction
By F. C. P.
CHAPTER
I. Verdun

II. From Verdun to the Somme
III. Personal Letters from Sergeant McConnell
IV. How France Trains Pilot Aviators

V. Against Odds
LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS

James R. McConnellFrontispiece
Some of the Americans Who are Flying for France
Two Members of the American Escadrille, of the French Flying Service, Who Were Killed Flying For

France
"Whiskey." The Lion and Mascot of the American Flying Squadron in France
Kiffin Rockwell, of Asheville, N.C., Who Was Killed in an Air Duel Over Verdun
Sergeant Lufbery in one of the New Nieuports in Which He Convoyed the Bombardment Fleet Which

Attacked Oberndorf
INTRODUCTION

One day in January, 1915, I saw Jim McConnell in front of the Court House at Carthage, North Carolina. "Well," he said, "I'm all fixed up and am leaving on Wednesday." "Where for?" I asked. "I've got a job to drive an ambulance in France," was his answer.

And then he went on to tell me, first, that as he saw it the greatest event in history was going on right at hand
and that he would be missing the opportunity of a lifetime if he did not see it. "These Sand Hills," he said
"will be here forever, but the war won't; and so I'm going." Then, as an afterthought, he added: "And I'll be of
some use, too, not just a sight-seer looking on; that wouldn't be fair."

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