George Willard Furlow

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George Willard Furlow
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George Willard Furlow, 1918
Born 24 March 1893
Rochester, Minnesota, USA
Died November 1959
Allegiance  United States
Service/branch Air Service, United States Army
Rank Lieutenant
Unit

Air Service, United States Army

Battles/wars World War I Victory Medal ribbon.svg World War I
Awards Distinguished Service Cross with Oak Leaf Cluster

Lieutenant George Willard Furlow was a World War I flying ace credited with five aerial victories.[1]

Furlow was posted to the 103rd Aero Squadron on 25 July 1918[2] as a Spad XIII pilot. On 11 August, he shared his first win over a German Albatros two-seater with Edgar Tobin. Over a month later, on 13 September, he shared a double triumph over Fokker D.VIIs with Charles R. d'Olive. He shot down another D.VII four days later, and finished out his victory string on 27 October 1918, when he teamed with Thomas Cassady and another pilot to destroy a Halberstadt reconnaissance machine.[3]

Citations of honors and awards[edit]

Distinguished Service Cross (DSC)

The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to George Willard Furlow, First Lieutenant (Air Service), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Charey, France, September 13, 1918. Lieutenant Furlow, while leading a patrol of three monoplace planes at an altitude of 400 meters, met and attacked an enemy patrol of seven monoplace planes. Despite numerical superiority, he destroyed two of the enemy's planes and with the aid of his companions forced the others to withdraw.[4]

Distinguished Service Cross (DSC) Oak Leaf Cluster

The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to George Willard Furlow, First Lieutenant (Air Service), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action in the region of Vernéville, France, September 17, 1918. Lieutenant Furlow, while on a patrol with two companions, met and attacked an enemy formation of eight planes. In the course of the combat which ensued, Lieutenant Furlow's plane was severely damaged by the enemy's fire. Despite the damage, he continued the attack until he had destroyed one hostile aircraft, and with his patrol forced the remainder of the enemy to retire.[5]

Victory list[edit]

Date/time/unit/aircraft flown/aircraft downed/location


  • - 11 Aug 1918, 1005 103rd SPAD XIII Albatros C.I Flirey
  • - 13 Sep 1918, 1700 103rd SPAD XIII Fokker D.VII Charey
  • - 13 Sep 1918, 1700 103rd SPAD XIII Fokker D.VII Charey
  • - 17 Sep 1918, 1620 103rd SPAD XIII Fokker D.VII Vernéville
  • - 27 Oct 1918, 1500 103rd SPAD XIII Halberstadt C Cumières-le-Mort-Homme

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References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.theaerodrome.com/aces/usa/furlow.php Retrieved on 29 June 2010.
  2. ^ American Aces of World War I. p. 82. 
  3. ^ http://www.theaerodrome.com/aces/usa/furlow.php Retrieved on 29 June 2010.
  4. ^ (General Orders No. 20, W.D., 1919) as quoted at http://www.theaerodrome.com/aces/usa/furlow.php Retrieved on 29 June 2010.
  5. ^ (General Orders No. 20, W.D., 1919) as quoted at http://www.theaerodrome.com/aces/usa/furlow.php Retrieved on 29 June 2010.

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