Our objective is to build a monument to commemorate all of the American World War I airmen and their ground teams and all those who were associated with the United States Air Service, what would soon become the United States Air Force. While there is a great monument to the Lafayette Escadrille (the 38 Americans who fought for France), to our knowledge, there is no monument to the USAS in France. In all there were thousands of Americans who were part of the USAS in France. The following shows where we would like to position the monument and a sketch for the United States Air Service World War I monument. To the best of our knowledge, there is not a single monument to the United States Air Service in France. There is a monument to the Lafayette Escadrille as well as monuments to individuals such as Quentin Roosevelt and Frank Luke. But none for the United States Air Service.
If you would like to get involved, then please Contact Us. We are in the process of forming an association which can accept contributions and plan to raise about $20,000.
The following images will give you some idea of what we are trying to accomplish:
Sketch of United States Air Service World War I monument. Design Narayan Sengupta.
Site plan for United States Air Service World War I monument (based on Google Maps)
A few quick updates...
6/2009: We have created an official organization called SAAF '14-'18. SAAF stands for Souvenir des Aviateurs Américains en France 1914-1918 had its first meeting on April 6, 2009 in Saints, France. SAAF's objective is to create a monument to honor all the American aviators and personnel who served in the United States Air Service, US Naval Aviation and US Marine Aviation in France and overseas in 1917-1919. The first meeting was attended by Jean Coudert, Claude Barriere, Claudine Thibault-Barriere, Claude Golab, Narayan Sengupta, Denis Sarazin-Charpentier, Gerard de Puyfontaine, Patrick Georges, Daniel Kramer, Richard Nicol and Lizabeth Nicol. For more details or to participate financially or otherwise please contact Michael O'Neal at E-Mail Us.
7/2009: We are trying to price out what the cost of the monument will be and we are also trying to find a suitable location such as the one that is above.