Cedric E. Fauntleroy in his Polish Air Service uniform. (U.S. Air Force photo)
Cedric Fauntleroy (1891–1973) (sometimes also Cedric Faunt le Roy) was an American pilot who in 1919 volunteered to serve in the Polish Air Force during the Polish-Soviet War. Fauntleroy was an air combat veteran of the Western Front in World War I. He was among the best pilots of the Polish 7th Air Escadrille, dubbed the Kościuszko Escadrille (the Kosciuszko Squadron); he was promoted to colonel and he received Poland's highest military decoration: the Virtuti Militari. The Kosciuszko Squadron made over 400 combat flights against forces from the Soviet Union and their allies. The Kosciuszko was named in honor of Tadeusz Kościuszko, a Polish officer who fought under Gen. George Washington during the American Revolution.