The United States would not enter World War I until April of 1917, but Americans were already fighting in Europe.

Most famous were probably the members of the Lafayette Escadrille, authorized in March 1916 and first deployed that April 20. However, it was first known as the Escadrille Americaine and didn’t receive the more famous name until December of 1916. The Germans had filed an objection with the U.S. government, saying the original name implied the U.S. was no longer neutral.

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