Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1917,
First Edition. large octavo, blue boards and cloth with printed paper labels on front cover and spine. (xii), 74, (vi)pp., top edges gilt, others untrimmed. Houghton Mifflin Company, Item #30230
Frontispiece portrait of Norman Prince and 12 pages of plates. With Memoir by George F. Babbitt. Prince, one of the original members of the Lafayette Escadrille had learned to fly in the United States before the US entered the war and had gained his pilot's certificate from the Aero Club of America. Although the idea for an American squadron was initially the idea of William Thaw, Prince began to formulate his idea for the squadron late in 1914. He sailed for France on 20 January 1915. After numerous rebuffs to his attemps to interest the French government in forming an American Squadron, Prince joined the French aviation on 4 March 1915. He recieved his training at Pau, R.G.A., and G.D.E., receiving his brevet on l May 1915. He flew at the Front with Escadrille VB. 108 and VB. 113, from 20 May 1915 to 15 February 1916. He was assigned to the Escadrille Lafayette and served with the unit from 20 April to 12 October 1916. He was injured in a flying accident on 15 October 1916 and died of his injuries three days later. He received the Croix de Guerre, with three Palms and Star, the Medaille Militaire and the Legion d'Honneur. Printed at The Riverside Press. Binding corners slightly worn and bumped, label on spine chipped. Text block fine and clean.