Calling all graphic artists, designers, creative thinkers! We’re looking for a new patch design!

Our current, old patch (which we’re out of or can’t find the stock) is okay, but needs a refresher.

Your design might be a winner! You may submit as many entries as you’d like but it would probably best if you take the best part of each idea and boil it down to one or two.

One thing: looking at the patch above in the header, the roundels are British instead of French. The French used the outer ring in Red, the inner dot in Blue, separated by a white ring. Also, I’m checking with the Smithsonian to see when or if the Geronimo image was used when Kiffin Rockwell flew with the Escadrille Americaine (The name was changed to Escadrille Lafayette after he was killed).

There may be a prize for the winner .. stay tuned.

Submit your entries to the group email or to me at: Don’t expect a quick reply as I only check that address once in awhile. If you want, leave a comment below and I’ll get back to you.


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  1. News flash: A week after the post I received a note from one of the researchers at Smithsonian. She sent pictures but none showed the side of his airplane. It wouldn’t matter anyway, since he was given a brand new machine the day before he was killed in action. He likely hadn’t had time to personalize his fighter but the researcher said pilots routinely painted the first letter of their last name on the sides of their aircraft.

    Rockwell and Raoul Lufbery were the top two fighter pilots in the Escadrille Americaine and each was given a chance to try out a new airplane (Nieuport XVII) on September 22, 1916. The two flew out together and returned with a very positive report on the new machines. The next day, the two flew out again, encountered Fokkers according to Thomas Murphy’s book which referenced Lufbery’s report, and Rockwell was shot down.

    The American Indian image was not adopted until October/November, 1916, after Rockwell was killed. Initially, a Seminole Indian was depicted; later, in the spring of 1917 the image was changed to a fiercer Sioux Indian. The name of the Escadrille Americaine was changed to Lafayette Escadrille in December, 1916, after a protest by the German government concerning American neutrality at that time.

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