Frederick H. Prince, Jr.
In this 1916 photo, Sgt. Frederick Prince Jr. stands beside his Baby Scout Nieuport. Note the aircraft is equipped with racks for balloon-strafing rockets.
Text by Tamar A. Mehuron, Associate Editor
Photo Courtesy of the AIR FORCE Magazine

Southern Aviators
Do Daring Work in France,

The Cordele Dispatch,
Wednesday, May 21, 1916,
Transcribed by Bob Davis - June, 2004
      Paris, May 18. - The American aviators forming the Franco-American flying corps took part in an expedition over the German lines the first time as a separate unit. They sustained particularly heavy shelling as they recrossed the front, but landed safely.
      The flotilla, including the craft piloted by Corporal Kiffen Rockwell, of Atlanta; Corporal James Rogers McConnell, of Carthage, N. C.; Sergeant Elliott Cowdin, of New York; Lieutenant William K. Thaw, of Pittsburg; Sergeant Norman Prince, of Boston; and Sergeant Hall, of Galveston, started at daybreak and spent nearly two hours reconnoitering under a hot fire but encountered no German machines.
      Corporal McConnell was flying at a height of 12,000 feet but German shells burst all around him, showing that the range of the German anti-aircraft guns had lengthened.
      Corporal Victor Chapman's machine was hit and driven out of its course, returning so late to its base as to cause anxiety regarding Chapman's fate. The aeroplane piloted by Lieutenant Thaw lost part of its tail piece and the propeller was damaged by a shell.
      Three more Franco-American flotillas are to be organized from the forty additional American volunteers now in training.

Frederick H. Prince, Jr.
Frederick H. Prince, Jr.
Norman Prince
I believe the handwritten note is that of his brotherís, Frederick Prince, Jr. also a member of the Lafayette Escadrille.
Legend & photo from Guillaume de Ramel, 11-13-06

     If you search for "Frederick Prince, Jr. +aviation", using the Google search engine, (1-7-05), you will find just 3 links. Among the most helpful are the following.
By Tamar A. Mehuron
AIR FORCE Magazine
December 2000
     This page on the homepage of the Air Force Association offers a fascinating collection of photos by Robert Soubiran, a member of the Lafayette Escadrille. It is a pdf file which reproduces the entire article, complete with some beautiful photographs of the era. You can access the site by clicking on the title above.

Airplanes and The Last Zeppelins
     This page on the RootsWeb site offers selections from the text and photos from History of the World War by Francis Whiting Halsey ©1919. In addition to information on the career of Frederick Prince, Jr., you will find mention of his older brother Norman, also an aviator. To access the page click on the title above.
     If time permits, you will be rewarded by reading the entire article. It offers an extensive coverage of many of the heroes of World War I aviation. To access the homepage, you can click on the name of the site above.

Frederick H. Prince, Jr. died in 1962
From The Early Birds of Aviation
Roster of Members
January 1, 1993

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