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Bob Hudson

Americans flying with the Italians in WWI

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A member posted images from WWI era magazines and this piece caught my eye: an American killed while flying with the "American Aviation unit of the Italian Army."

 

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Bob - There was a fairly large contingent of US aviators in Italy during WWI, including US Air Service AND US Naval aviators. Like WWII they got less publicity than those in France. The most famous Italian-based US Air Service pilot likely was Lt. Fiorello La Guardia who later became a beloved Mayor of New York City. Bobgee

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"I have only two men out of my company and 20 out of some other company. We need support, but it is almost suicide to try to get it here as we are swept by machine gun fire and constant barrage is on us. I have no one on my left and only a few on my right. I will hold." (Message sent by 1st Lt. Clifton B. Cates. USMC, 96th Co., Soissons, 19 July 1918 - later 19th Commandant of the Marine Corps 1948-1952)

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