Luxeuil - April-May 1916
The seven original members of the Lafayette Escadrille first saw service flying out of Luxeuil in the Vosges sector near the border with Switzerland.
These Americans were Victor E. Chapman, Elliot C. Cowdin, Weston (Bert) Hall, James R. McConnell, Norman Prince, Kiffin Rockwell, and William Thaw.
The unit was commanded by Captaine Georges Thénault, and Lieutenant Alfred DeLage de Meux was executive officer. Both were veterans of the French Air Service.
At that time, the squadron was still known as the Escadrille Americaine prior to Germanys objection to the name. The squadron was officially designated N-124 since it flew Nieuport 17 C-1 fighters.
The Luxeuil Aerodrome was adjacent to the spa at Luxeuil and the pilots were billeted in a nearby villa. The aerodrome had a two-mile-long airstrip which was shared with a British unit.
The Vosges sector was relatively quiet and the squadrons primary duty was protecting squadrons of Farman and Bréguet bombers.
The Escadrille flew its first official patrol on 13 May and five days later Kiffin Rockwell scored the squadrons first victory.
The squadron suffered no losses in the air but four mechanics were killed during a German bombing raid on the aerodrome.