For France and Civilization

The romance of the French Foreign Legion was taken aloft by pilots of the Lafayette Escadrille.

Paul Mirat’s gouache painting of World War I aviators includes several members of the Lafayette Escadrille. ( Dan Patterson (Paul Mirat Collection))

The Co-Founder

Lafayette Escadrille co-founder William Thaw was an aviator before the squadron was formed. After his Foreign Legion infantry service, he was transferred to the French Air Service, where he trained to fly Caudron Bombers. He flew several combat missions and was eventually promoted to Captain before joining the Lafayette Escadrille.

About Paul Glenshaw

Paul Glenshaw is a frequent Air & Space contributor who writes from Silver Spring, Maryland. He created education programs for the Wright Experience and Discovery of Flight foundation, and is the co-writer and co-director of the documentary The Lafayette Escadrille.

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