James Rogers McConnell

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Portrait photograph of James Rogers McConnell. Reproduced from Wikimedia Commons.

James Rogers McConnell (18871917) was a University of Virginia Law student who, in 1915, volunteered for the Lafayette Escadrille (a French Air Force unit) during World War I. He was eventually shot down over France and killed in March of 1917, later serving as the model for The Aviator statue at the University of Virginia.[1]

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  1. Web. 002-5073 The Aviator, Virginia Landmarks Register, August 15, 2018, retrieved January 18, 2020.

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