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2020 marks the 35th year of production of our outstanding journal Over the Front; free with membership in the League of WWI Aviation Historians. 2020 will be another exciting year of outstanding historical articles in our world class journal, and the cost of a basic membership is still just $65. To sign up CLICK HERE. The League remains the preeminent group for all things WWI Aviation History. Be a part of the great community that is the League of WWI Aviation Historians!

Summer 2020 Is Out!

Issue Editor Charley Gosse has assembled a collection of articles largely focused on American fliers; even the article on René Fonck has American tie-ins.

1) A Saint George on the Front by Will Simpson.  First time author Will Simpson offers the biography of New Jersey native and Lafayette Escadrille pilot Ronald Wood Hoskier

2) Six in One Day by David Mechin. The wager that turned into a sextuple victory for France's leading ace Rene Fonck is the subject of David Mechin's offering.

3) Lt. John Dewitt 94th Aero Squadron: Last to the Front by Alan Toelle. The diary of the last pilot assigned to the 94th Aero Squadron before the end of WW 1 provides the framework for the story of a late arrival to the front. 

4) Insignia of the Lafayette Escadrille and 103rd Aero Squadron in the Smithsonian Institution’s National Collection by Charles Gosse. Issue editor Charles Gosse offers a detailed study of the seven original insignia in the national collection.  Color photos and a full color insert highlight the study of these important national artifacts.

5) The Unknown Kiffin Rockwell by Steve Toms. An interesting look into the psychology and motivations of the Lafayette Escadrille pilot. 

6) Champagne and Confetti by David Mechin. The amusing mission and tragic end of a heretofore unknown French reconnaissance pilot. 

7) Where the Tree Falls by Richard Dobbins. The story of how the last wish of President Theodore Roosevelt for his son Quentin to remain buried where he fell was undone by his surviving children.  

  • Seminar Plans

    As you might imagine, the closings and restrictions due to the Coronavirus pandemic have disrupted planning for the 2020 League Seminar. We were planning it for the National World War I Museum in Kansas City (MO) alongside the NMWWI's Symposium sp members could attend both, before the various recent disruptions arose. The Board is currently planning to shift it to October 2021, and is exploring the possibility of a virtual seminar for this autumn. As a side note, the NMUSAF's Dawn Patrol...

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  • Monument Dedication Images

    Images from the Monument DedicationSeptember 21, 2018 Honor Guard B-1 Flyover Unveiling Seminar Attendees and Dedication Participants Click on any image to download a copy from DropBox All images by Jon Barrett for the League of WW I Aviation...

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