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    U.S. and French aviators remember WWI

    U.S. and French aviators remember WWI

    Courtesy Photo | A French fighter flies next to a B-52 Stratofortress to celebrate the 96th Bomb...... read more read more



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    2nd Bomb Wing Public Affairs

    A 96th Bomb Squadron B-52 from Barksdale Air Force Base joined French fighters over France, June 12, to commemorate the entrance of U.S. aviators into WWI 100 years ago.

    The aircraft flew over Étain, France, where the first U.S. combat aerial bombing took place during WWI on June 12, 1918. This first U.S. sortie was launched from Amanty Aerodrome, France.

    In 1918, the 96th Bomb Squadron was known as the 96th Aero Squadron. Today, the 96th Airmen maintain the heritage of the “first to bomb,” a slogan emblazoned on their unit’s 100-year anniversary patch.

    The commemoration flight also served as an international training opportunity with the Armee de l’Air and demonstrated the close resolve and cooperation of the U.S. and its steadfast ally France.

    U.S. aircraft routinely fly exercise and training missions in and around Europe to enable the U.S. and its allies to practice joint interoperability and enhance warfighting readiness.



    Date Taken: 06.13.2018
    Date Posted: 06.13.2018 18:16
    Story ID: 280841
    Location: FR

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