The Aviator: James Rogers McConnell and the Great War, a Centennial Exhibition

On March 19, 1917, James Rogers McConnell became the first UVA student to die in World War I. He is remembered most as one of the Lafayette Escadrille, a corps of American pilots fighting for the French before the U.S. joined the war. This exhibition surveys his extraordinary adventure, beginning with his decision to join the American Ambulance Corps in 1915, through flight training, combat, and injury, and finally to his death in aerial combat and subsequent memorialization at UVA and beyond.