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2017 marks the 32nd year of production of our outstanding journal Over the Front; free with membership in the League of WWI Aviation Historians. 2017 will be another exciting year of outstanding historical articles in our world class journal, and the cost of a basic membership is 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!

Volume 32 Number 2 Has Shipped

The Summer 2017 issue of Over the Front will be arriving shortly.

President (and cover artist) Michael O'Neal discusses the League's fund-raising efforts to place a World War I memorial at the National Museum of the United States Air Force.

The 166th Aero Squadron – A History in Photos, by Charles G. Thomas and Michael J. O’Neal
The brief history of the 166th Aero squadron is captured in this article illustrated with 70 photos – most previously unpublished. From formation, through brief service at the front, to their role with the Army of Occupation, “Chuck” Thomas and League President Michael O’Neal have combined photographic resources to fil in the history of this obscure unit.   

The 9th Aero Squadron’s Fokkers – A Photo Essay, by Greg VanWyngarden
League Contributing Editor Greg Van Wyngarden provides a unique glimpse of the Fokkers assigned to the 9th Aero during their time with the Army of Occupation. Beginning with a well know photo of the famous “white” Fokker D.VII in 9th Aero Squadron Service, Greg fleshes out the story of this airplane with seventeen - many never-before published - photos of the airplane.  

Independent: New Jersey’s IAF Volunteers, by Michael J. O’Neal
The strategic Bombing mission of the Independent Force is the backdrop for the story of four American crewman – all New Jersey natives - who served with Britain’s premier long-range bombing units in 1918. Forty photos of the IF’s crews, aircraft and their German opponents illustrate the story of the IF’s first American casualty and his three successors.

A Short Time Across the Pond – 1/Lt. Lloyd Ludwig, by Michael J. O’Neal
Not all who served made it to the front. The brief biography of 2/Lt. Lloyd Ludwig illustrates the perils of flight training. Read what happens when youthful  enthusiasm, a snowstorm and a well-worn SE-5A collide.  

Jersey Driver: 2/Lt. Barry Truscott, 56 Squadron RFC, By Michael J. O’Neal
The story of the American YMCA delegate who enlists in the Royal Flying Corps, ends up with arguably the most famous British WW 1 fighter squadron and who ultimately succumbs to the stress of life as a combat pilot.   

The issue concludes with Between the Bookends.

  • Manfred von Richthofen Commemoration

    21 April 2018 marks the centennial of the demise of Rittmeister Baron Manfred von Richthofen, being shot down and killed near Vaux-sur Somme, France.  WWI aviation historians from around the world have visited this site and more plan on perhaps some informal commemoration there, the morning of, to mark the day. 


  • A World War I Monument at NMUSAF

    Since the National Museum of the United States Air Force has no monument honoring World War I airmen, the League has undertaken creation of one, to be unveiled on September 21, 2018, at the Dawn Patrol fly-in.


  • 2018 Seminar

    The 2018 Seminar is now being planned. If you would like to get involved in this, please contact League President Mike O'Neal.


  • Isle of Jersey World War I Aviation Stamp Issue

    The Isle of Jersey has announced the issue of a set of six stamps commemorating World War I aviation, and featuring the work of League member and frequent cover illustrator Russell Smith


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