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Featured World War I Artifact

   
            

Lafayette Flying Corps Dress Cap

This Lafayette Flying Corps dress cap (kepki) was made for American volunteer James A. Connelly, Jr.  He joined the Lafayette Flying Corps in November 1917 and was assigned to Spa. 157 and later Spa. 163.  He is credited with seven confirmed victories.  Dress caps or “kepki’s” were worn by members of the Lafayette Escadrille and Lafayette Flying Corps. This photo shows members of the Lafayette Escadrille posing for the camera with one of their famous pet lions, circa 1917.