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.
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.
On December 24, 1955, NORAD’s predecessor tracked Santa Claus for the first time.
On December 20, 1941, the Flying Tigers engaged in their first battle.
On November 27, 1950, the Korean War Battle of Chosin Reservoir began – a fighting withdrawal in the bitter cold.
On November 24, 1954, First Lady Mamie Eisenhower christened the first plane to be designated Air Force One.
US Marine Sergeant Major Daniel Joseph Daly was born on November 11, 1873, in Glen Cove, New York.
Marine Corps Gunnery Sergeant John Basilone was born on November 4, 1916, in Buffalo, New York.