Fighter Aces Monday—Eddie Rickenbacker
We recently found online a colorized photograph of WW I American fighter ace Capt. Eddie Rickenbacker, with his famous SPAD XIII (Flickr/Rui Candeias). We highlighted it as one of our weekly “Hey, check out this photo” posts, and many of you took notice. Here are just a few of your comments.
I just finished his autobiography he wrote in 1966. Very good and easy read.
I built a model of the SPAD XIII in my teens. One of my favorites!
Did Rickenbacker fly with the Lafayette Escadrille?
No, Rickenbacker flew in the 94th Aero Squadron (Hat in the Ring), which was an American unit.
I might be incorrect, but I believe the Lafayette Escadrille was disbanded once the U.S. entered the war. All the American pilots went into the American Army Air Service. [Armistice was signed on November 11, 1918. On February 8, 1918 the LE was disbanded, and its American members were inducted into the U.S. Air Service as members of the newly formed 103rd Aero Squadron. - Ed.]