Air Force

1919 Victory stamp
March 21, 1916

The Lafayette Escadrille

On March 21, 1916, a group of mostly American pilots formed the Escadrille Américaine. Later named the Lafayette Escadrille, they flew several high-profile missions that encouraged more Americans to join their ranks.

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US #3183i – from the Celebrate the Century – 1910s Sheet
February 5th, 1918

First U.S. Aerial Victory 

On February 5, 1918, US pilot Stephen W. Thompson shot down a German aircraft, making him the first person in the American military to shoot down an enemy plane.

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 US #2585 was one of five Santa stamps issued in 1991.
December 24, 1955

NORAD Tracks Santa

On December 24, 1955, NORAD’s predecessor tracked Santa Claus for the first time. 

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 US #2187 was issued on Chennault’s 100th birthday.
December 20, 1941

Flying Tigers First Combat 

On December 20, 1941, the Flying Tigers engaged in their first battle.

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 US #2152 was based on a photo of US troops retreating from Chosin Reservoir.
November 27, 1950

Battle of Chosin Reservoir 

On November 27, 1950, the Korean War Battle of Chosin Reservoir began – a fighting withdrawal in the bitter cold.

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 US #4144 – a 2007 Priority Mail stamp picturing Air Force One
November 24, 1954

First Air Force One Christened 

On November 24, 1954, First Lady Mamie Eisenhower christened the first plane to be designated Air Force One.

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 US #3964 – from the Distinguished Marines Issue
November 11, 1873

Birth of Daniel J. Daly 

US Marine Sergeant Major Daniel Joseph Daly was born on November 11, 1873, in Glen Cove, New York. 

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 US #3963 – from the Distinguished Marines Issue
November 4, 1916

Happy Birthday John Basilone

Marine Corps Gunnery Sergeant John Basilone was born on November 4, 1916, in Buffalo, New York. 

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 US #4445 pictures Mauldin and his characters, Willie and Joe.
October 29, 1921

Happy Birthday Bill Mauldin

William Henry “Bill” Mauldin was born on October 29, 1921, in Mountain Park, New Mexico.

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