Greenwich Historical Society to screen The Millionaires’ Unit

The Greenwich Historical Society is hosting a special screening of The Millionaires’ Unit on Jan. 29 at 3 p.m. in conjunction with the current exhibition Greenwich Faces the Great War.

The story follows an elite group of college students from Yale who formed a private air militia in preparation for America’s entry into WWI. Known as the First Yale Unit and dubbed “the millionaires’ unit” by the New York press, they became the founding squadron of the U.S. Naval Air Reserve and were among the first from the United States to enter the Great War.

Using the squadron members’ letters and diaries, the documentary chronicles the coming of age of these young pioneers against the backdrop of an event that signaled America’s emergence as a world power. The film focuses on their service and sacrifice and chronicles a great, untold chapter in American aviation.

The documentary was inspired by the book The Millionaires’ Unit by Marc Wortman and was seven years in development and production by co-producers Ron King and Darroch Greer.

Tickets are $10 members and $15 for nonmembers. Ticket includes refreshments and free admission to Greenwich Faces the Great War in the Storehouse Gallery. For tickets and information visit Greenwichhistory.org or call 203-869-6899, ext 10.

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