Frank Lucien Hale

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Frank Lucien Hale
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Frank Lucien Hale, 1918
Nickname(s) Bud
Born 6 August 1895
Syracuse, New York, USA
Died 7 June 1944
Buffalo, New York, USA
Allegiance  United States
Service/branch Royal Air Force (United Kingdom)
Years of service 1914 - 1918
Rank Captain

Royal Air Force

Battles/wars World War I Victory Medal ribbon.svg World War II Victory Medal ribbon.svg
World War I
World War II
Awards British Distinguished Flying Cross

Captain Frank Lucien Hale was a World War I flying ace credited with seven aerial victories. He later accompanied Charles Lindbergh in a transcontinental flight.[1]

Early life and World War I service[edit]

Hale was native to Syracuse, New York, although he later lived in Arkansas.[2] He dropped out of Fayetteville High School in Fayetteville, New York because of disciplinary problems.[3] In 1914, he joined D Troop, 4th Cavalry, New York National Guard. He served on the Mexican border during 1916, with the Ambulance Corps. He was rejected by the U. S. air service, so he joined the Royal Flying Corps[4] at Toronto in June 1917. Between 25 August and 27 September 1918, he used a Royal Aircraft Factory SE.5a to destroy four Fokker D.VIIs and drive down three others out of control.[5]


He remained in Germany as part of the Army of Occupation.[6]

He then came home to become general manager of Curtiss Flying Service. He accompanied Charles Lindberg on a transcontinental flight.[7]

In 1940, he opened an auto dealership in Syracuse.[8] As World War II loomed, Hale joined the U.S. Army Air Corps. By 1943, he was in England serving with the 8th Air Force, but a heart condition invalided him out. He then went to work with the Bell Aircraft Corporation. He died of a heart attack on 7 June 1944.[9]

Honors and awards[edit]

Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC)

Lieut. Frank Lucien Hale. (FRANCE)

A brilliant and very gallant officer who never hesitates to attack the enemy however superior in numbers. On 27 September, Lieut. Hale, single-handed, attacked a formation of ten Fokker biplanes who were manoeuvring to attack one of our bombing formations; engaging one of the Fokkers, he drove it down out of control, and it was seen to break up in the air. By this gallant action the enemy were diverted from their objective. In the combat Lieut. Hale's machine and engine were badly damaged; despite this, he, on his return journey, attacked a solitary Fokker and drove it down out of control. This officer has accounted for eight enemy aircraft. (Supplement to the London Gazette, 8 February 1919) (31170/2040)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Retrieved on 10 April 2010.
  2. ^ American Aces of World War 1. pp. 34–35. 
  3. ^ Retrieved on 10 April 2010.
  4. ^ American Aces of World War 1. pp. 34–35. 
  5. ^ Retrieved on 10 April 2010.
  6. ^ American Aces of World War 1. p. 35. 
  7. ^ Retrieved on 10 April 2010.
  8. ^ Retrieved on 10 April 2010.
  9. ^ American Aces of World War 1. p. 35. 


American Aces of World War 1 Harry Dempsey. Osprey Publishing, 2001. ISBN 1-84176-375-6, ISBN 978-1-84176-375-0.

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