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(WORLD WAR ONE.) La Fayette Flying Corps certificate. Engraved certificate by Frank M. Armington, 16 x 19 inches, featuring full-length portraits of Lafayette and Washington, World War One battle scenes and a bald eagle, completed in manuscript to Henry Earle as an "American representative," and signed by William K. Vanderbilt, Jarousse de Sillac, and Edmund Gros as officers, with red "Lafayette Aviation Corps" embossed seal; laid down on board, dampstaining on right margin extending slightly into printed area. Paris, engraved in 1917, issued 23 January 1918
The Lafayette Flying Corps was a select group of American pilots who flew for France during the First World War--only 180 of them served in combat. Henry Earle, to whom this certificate was issued, was not one of the pilots. He was a member of the committee which created the Corps.
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