J. Norman Hall, Noted Ace, To Speak Here
James Norman Hall of Colfax, Iowa, famous as the chief of
American aces in the aviation service during the great war, will
lecture in this city December 15. He is being brought here under
the auspices of the university and will speak at the natural
science auditorium. Mr. Hall first saw service with the British
army in 1914 and served for nine months in the trenches before he
was honorably discharged. However he could not keep out of the
struggle for democracy and after a short visit at his home, he
returned to France where he became a member of the famous
Lafayette Escadrille under the French flag. The adventurous
aviator transferred to the American service when this country
entered the war. During his service in France, Hall brought down
many German planes in exciting conflicts. His own machine was
sent to the ground upon one occasion when the American was beset
by seven Hun planes and he was taken prisoner by the Germans.
Three days before the armistice was signed Hall managed to make
his escape into Switzerland. The distinguished Iowan is also an
author of note, having written "Kitchener's Mob"
and "High Adventure."
~ source: news item, Iowa City Citizen, Iowa
City, Johnson co., Iowa, 26 November, 1919
~ transcribed for Iowa In The Great War by Sharyl