Guide to the Raoul Lufbery Collection


Title:
Raoul Lufbery Collection
Repository:
Wright State University Libraries Special Collections and Archives
Phone: 937-775-2092
http://www.libraries.wright.edu/special/
Creator:
Lufbery, Germaine Fox
Dates:
1917-1985
Quantity:
1 linear feet
Abstract:
This collection includes documents from the World War I flying missions and the untimely death of Raoul Lufbery. The collection contains newspaper clippings, magazine articles, photographs and other prints.
Identification:
MS-502
Language:
The records are in English

Biography of Gervais Raoul Lufbery

Born Gervais Raoul Lufbery on March 14, 1885 in Chamalieres, Puy-de-Dome, France. At the age of one his mother died so his father left him in the care of his French grandparents until he left at the age of 17. He served in the United States Army from 1907 to1909. Lufbery would join the Foreign Legion as a mechanic at the beginning of World War I, later receiving his pilot wings in 1914. He was attached to the Lafayette Escadrille, an American flying squadron. He was very successful against the enemy, shooting down at least 17 German planes. On May 19, 1918 with enemy planes coming closer to the airfield for the 94th Pursuit Squadron, Lufbery rushed into the air without performing his usual pre-flight check. Soon his plane took a direct hit from the enemy. In order to escape the burning plane, he jumped, was impaled on a fence post. He died instantly. Lufbery received full military honors at his funeral and is interred at the Lafayette Memorial du Parc de Garches, the shrine honoring the Lafayette Escadrille, just outside Paris, France.

Scope and Content

Raoul Lufbery was well-known as one of the greatest American Flying Aces of World War I. This collection contains an array of items, including newspaper articles, magazine articles, photographs, and paintings. The newspaper articles offer an insight into the mind of a military aviator. Two of the articles were written by Lufbery. The other newspaper articles and magazine articles are by those who knew him and flew alongside him in battle.

Statement of Arrangement

The collection is arranged into one series.

Restrictions on Use

Copyright restrictions may apply. Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright. Permission to publish, quote or reproduce must be secured from the repository and the copyright holder.

Restrictions on Access

There are no restrictions on accessing materials in this collection.

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Subject Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.

Subjects:

World War, 1914-1918 -- Military personnel

Persons:

Lufbery, Raoul Gervais, 1885-1918

Organizations/Corporations:

Lafayette Escadrille

Places:

France

Material Types:

Magazines (periodicals)
Newspapers
Photographs

Technical Requirements

A selection of materials from this collection is available in Wright State University’s Campus Online Repository, CORE Scholar, at: https://corescholar.libraries.wright.edu/special_ms502/.


Preferred Citation

[Description of Item, Date, Box #, Folder #], MS-502, Raoul Lufbery Collection, Special Collections and Archives, University Libraries, Wright State University, Dayton, Ohio.

Acquisition Information

Endicott P. Saltonstall donated these materials to the Wright State University Special Collections and Archives in July 2014.

Processing Information

All newspaper articles have been copied onto acid-free paper. Larger newspaper articles have been encapsulated for preservation.


Accruals

No further accruals are expected.

Other Finding Aid

This finding aid is available on the Special Collections and Archives, Wright State University Libraries website at
https://wright.libraryhost.com/repositories/2/resources/680.


Collection Inventory


Box 1 / Folder 1
Sky Fighters of France Paintings of Battles in the Air, 1917 Dec 5-16




Box 1 / Folder 2
Sky Fighters of France Paintings of Battles in the Air, 1918 July 12-30




Box 1 / Folder 3 / Piece 1
Magazine Article "Flying for France" by James McConnell, 1916 Nov




Box 1 / Folder 3 / Piece 2
Magazine Article "War Letters of Edmond Genet", 1918 May




Box 1 / Folder 4
The Red Cross Magazine-"Jim McConnell of Escadrille No. 124", 1918 July




Box 1 / Folder 5
Air Travel News-"Airport Memorial to Famous Ace", 1927 Dec




Box 1 / Folder 6 / Piece 1
Laurence la Tourette Driggs Article "Aces of Aviation", 1918 Jan 30




Box 1 / Folder 6 / Piece 2
Laurence la Tourette Driggs Article "Aces Among Aces", 1918 June




Box 1 / Folder 6 / Piece 3
Laurence la Tourette Driggs Article "Plane Tales from the Skies", 1917 Nov-1918 Apr




Box 1 / Folder 7
Liberty Magazine "Leaves from my Diary" by General William Mitchell, 1928 Apr 7




Box 1 / Folder 8
Pantheon de la Guerre - Cyclorama of the World War and Its Heroes, 1933




Box 1 / Folder 9
Reader's Digest-"The Daring Young Men of the Lafayette Escadrille", 1968 Oct




Box 1 / Folder 10
Yankee-"Raoul Lufbery's Formula for Killing" by James Hallas, 1985 Nov




Box 1 / Folder 11
Photographs and Glass Negative with Contact Print, Postcards, Undated


Alternate Form Available: Selections available online in CORE Scholar at https://corescholar.libraries.wright.edu/special_ms502/


Box 1 / Folder 12
Program of Memorial Service, 1918 May 30




Box 1 / Folder 13
Unknown Diary Entries Describing Lufbery's Funeral, 1918 May 20 - June 12




Box 1 / Folder 14
Newspaper Clippings - Originals, 1918, 1928, Undated


Alternate Form Available: Selections available online in CORE Scholar at https://corescholar.libraries.wright.edu/special_ms502/


Box 1 / Folder 15
Newspaper Clippings - Copies, 1918, 1928, Undated




Box 1 / Folder 16
Raoul Lufbery Dinnerware, Undated




Drawer 62 / Folder 6 / Piece 1-11
Oversize Materials, 1917-1919


Alternate Form Available: selections available online in CORE Scholar at https://corescholar.libraries.wright.edu/special_ms502/


Drawer 62 / Folder 6 / Piece 1
Photographic Portrait of Raoul Lufbery, 1917 June 10




Drawer 62 / Folder 6 / Piece 2
Boston Evening Record Newspaper front page, 1918 May 20




Drawer 62 / Folder 6 / Piece 3
Boston American Newspaper front page, 1918 May 20




Drawer 62 / Folder 6 / Piece 4
Boston American Newspaper front page, 1918 May 21




Drawer 62 / Folder 6 / Piece 5
The New York Times Newspaper front page, 1918 May 21




Drawer 62 / Folder 6 / Piece 6
Wallingford Record Newspaper front page, 1968 May 14




Drawer 62 / Folder 6 / Piece 7
The Boston Post Sunday Magazine - "My Air Duels With the Boches" by Lufbery, 1918 Mar 10




Drawer 62 / Folder 6 / Piece 8
Boston Post - "Shooting Down a Boche" - by Lufbery, 1918 Mar 3




Drawer 62 / Folder 6 / Piece 9
Literary Digest - "Lufbery Vanquishes in a Battle with Hugh German Plane", 1918 June 8




Drawer 62 / Folder 6 / Piece 10
The Morning Herald, 1919 Dec




Drawer 62 / Folder 6 / Piece 11
Newspaper Clippings - Originals, 1918, Undated