"FIRST AMERICAN ACE - EDITION TWO" by ROY GRINNEL
Limited Edition Print: $175
Raoul G. Lufbery
Also signed by Steve Ritchie:
During May, 1916, Raoul Gervais Lufbery was assigned to N-124,
the Escadrille Americaine (the American Pilot's Volunteer Group).
Everyone marveled at Raoul's skill to keep his Nieuport 11 in top
shape. His earlier experience as a mechanic had paid off.
His flying skills became famous for inventing the so called
"Lufbery Circle". Lufbery's well-remembered phrase was
"Be careful, always remember it may be a trap."
Of Lufbery’s 16 victories, it is believed that his fifth was the
most notable, during the famous "Oberndorf Raid" over Germany,
12 October, 1916. Four pilots from N-124, flying Nieuport 17's,
were to escort the bomber mission to Oberndorf to destroy the
Mauser Works factory there. On the return from the mission escort,
Lufbery scored his fifth victory against a Roland CII. It's best
described by James R. McConnell of the Escadrille Americaine,
in his book "Flying For France", copyrighted in 1916.
Here is a quote from the book:
"The Nieuports having refilled their tanks went back up to clear the
air of Germans that might be hovering in wait for the returning raiders.
Prince found one and promptly shot it down, Lufbery came upon three.
He dove for one, making it drop below the others, and then forcing a
second to descend, attacked the one remaining above. The combat
was short and at the end of it, the German tumbled to earth. This made
the fifth enemy machine which was officially credited to Lufbery."
Raoul Lufbery’s life ended on 19 May, 1918 in a tragic combat death.
Lufbery is enshrined and honored along with 200 other American
Volunteers of the Escadrille Lafayette, in a beautiful park at Villeneuve
L'Etang outside Paris, near Versailles. It is called the Memorial de l'Escardille
Lafayette." The painting has been reviewed and approved by the family of
This special edition of "First American Ace" is also signed by Vietnam Ace - Steve Ritchie.
FIRST AMERICAN ACE by ROY GRINNELL (Nieuport 17: Lafayette Escadrille:World War I: Raoul Lufberry)@vbader.com