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Description - Flying for France by James R McConnell

James Rogers McConnell (1887-1917) was an aviator during World War I in the Lafayette Escadrille. He spent two years at the University of Virginia, and one in the law school. In 1910 he left law school and joined his family in Carthage. There he served as the land and industrial agent of the Seaboard Air Line Railway and secretary of the Carthage Board of Trade. In January 1915, Mc- Connell sailed from New York to enlist with the American Ambulance Corps in France. On May 13, 1916 Mc- Connell participated in the unit's first patrol. Thirty-eight pilots of the Lafayette Escadrille flew Nieuport biplanes. Operating from Luxeuil Field in eastern France, Mc- Connell's group typically set off each day at dawn, clad in fur-lined outfits for two hour patrols. While convalescing from a back injury, suffered during a landing mishap, McConnell found time to compose Flying for France (1917). In aerial combat with two German planes, Mc- Connell died on March 19, 1917 above the Somme battlefields. He was buried in a meadow between the villages of Flavy-le-Martel and Jussy in Aisne, France.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781409981176
ISBN-10: 1409981177
Format: Paperback / softback
(229mm x 152mm x 4mm)
Pages: 70
Imprint: Dodo Press
Publisher: Dodo Press
Publish Date: 25-Dec-2009
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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