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I Flew with the Lafayette Escadrille - Edwin C. Parsons This book was an ABSOLUTE GEM, as well as a sheer delight to read.

The author, who was himself a fighter ace with the famous Escadrille Lafayette (a group of American pilots who flew with the French before the U.S. entered the First World War), provides the reader with a history of the squadron through detailing the experiences of several of the men he flew with in combat over the Western Front. Parsons also writes about his training and the ways he and his squadronmates coped with the stresses of combat flying. In doing so, he gives the reader a vicarious sense of being there in the cockpit with him - braving the German 'Archie' (i.e. anti-aircraft fire) upon crossing the lines while on the lookout for Boche planes in Hunland, the times he spent in Paris on leave, and in the squadron mess with his fellow pilotes de chasse.

All in all, this is a well-written, faithfully rendered account about a group of Americans who pledged their honor and their lives by taking to the skies to fight for France.