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EscadrilleItem #: AL.00-36700
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Composed by Leonard A. Orcino.
Young Symphonic. Level: 2 (Medium Easy). Conductor Score & Parts. 128 pages. Published by Alfred Publishing. (AL.00-36700)
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Early in World War I (1916), prior to the USA entering the conflict, Americans joined the French Air Corps. They were originally called the Escadrille Americaine---the name was changed to Escadrille de Lafayette after protest from the Germans that America was not in the war. The Escadrille had a reputation for daring recklessness and a party atmosphere. The corps mascots were two lion cubs, "Whiskey" and "Soda." The insignia was an American Indian head with a flowing war bonnet. The entire squadron merged with the American Air corps (1918) once the USA entered the war.