Lafayette Escadrille Banner Note: This item is currently in storage. During World War I, many Americans citizens volunteered with the Lafayette Flying Corps to serve as volunteer pilots and observers in French combat squadrons. In April 1916, the most famous American squadron, N124 "Escadrille Americaine," was established. Once America entered the war in 1917, many of the American volunteers were folded into the Army Air Service's 103rd Aero Squadron. Donated by the estate of Eugene Christian. Click here to return to the Featured Accessions index. Find Out More Related Fact Sheets Escadrille Americaine Escadrille Lafayette Note: The appearance of hyperlinks does not constitute endorsement by the National Museum of the USAF, the U.S. Air Force, or the Department of Defense, of the external website, or the information, products or services contained therein.