J. PAUL VERREES
Verrees image of a diving American biplane is one of the most beautiful of all American posters in World War I. Its romanticism helped to ensure that the Air Service (forerunner of the Air Force) had no shortage of volunteers - about 38,000. Unfortunately, America was so ill-equipped to produce planes that only 200 Liberty planes were used in the war effort. They were so slow and unmaneuverable that they were dubbed "flaming coffins" by their pilots. About 1200 American aviators served at the front by war's end, but the Air Service was the most notable failure of the American war effort, providing little support to the Allies.