Harold Albert Kullberg

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Harold Albert Kullberg
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Harold Albert Kullberg, 1918
Born (1896-09-10)10 September 1896
Somerville, Massachusetts, USA
Died 5 August 1924(1924-08-05) (aged 27)
Vicinity of Hudson, Ohio, USA
Allegiance  United States
Service/branch Royal Air Force (United Kingdom)
Years of service 1917–1918
Rank Captain

Royal Air Force

Battles/wars World War I Victory Medal ribbon.svg World War I
Awards Distinguished Flying Cross
Other work President of the Akron Aeronautical Association

Captain Harold Albert Kullberg (10 September 1896 – 5 August 1924) was a World War I flying ace credited with 19 aerial victories. Though he scored his victories with the Royal Air Force, Kullberg was an American citizen. He was rejected for training as an American pilot because he was too short.[1] He then joined the Royal Flying Corps in Canada on 7 August 1917.[2]


He was born on 10 September 1896 in Somerville, Massachusetts.[3]

He joined No. 1 Squadron RFC in May 1918. He was an immediate success flying the RAF SE.5a, scoring pairs of victories on 27 and 28 May, 1 and 9 June. His next victory, his ninth, was over an observation balloon. He continued scoring apace through June and July. August and September brought his final five victories, all over German Fokker D.VIIs. The wingmen of his final victory on 16 September 1918 pursued him and inflicted three leg wounds on him. Kullberg sat out the rest of the war.[2] It took six months for Kullberg to heal. He served until his release from service in July 1919.[1][3]

Kullberg became involved in civil aviation.[2] He even made the nation's first arrest for violation of air traffic rules. On 3 November 1923, Kullberg chased down someone who was stunt flying over an urban area, landed with them, and arrested them.[4]

He became president of the Akron Aeronautical Association.[5]

On 5 August 1924, he died in an air crash while instructing a student pilot.[2]

Honors and awards[edit]

Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC)

"This officer has destroyed six enemy aeroplanes and has taken part in seven engagements when others have been destroyed by members of his patrol. A bold and keen officer who possesses a fine fighting spirit." DFC citation, London Gazette, November 2, 1918.[6]

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  1. ^ a b Harry Dempsey, ed. (2001). American Aces of World War 1. Osprey Publishing. p. 36. ISBN 1-84176-375-6. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Harold Albert Kullberg". theaerodrome.com. Retrieved 20 December 2009. 
  3. ^ a b "Captain Harold Kullberg". Royal Air Force Museum London. Born in 1896 in Massachusetts, Howard Kullberg joined the Royal Flying Corps in Toronto in August 1917, after being told that he was too short for the US Air Services. He trained in Canada and Texas, and was sent to the UK in January, 1918. ... 
  4. ^ http://www.theaerodrome.com/forum/newspaper-articles/31538-first-arrest-violator-air-traffic-rules.html Retrieved 20 December 2009.
  5. ^ http://www.theaerodrome.com/forum/newspaper-articles/32781-harold-kullberg-student-flier-killed-nose-dive.html Retrieved 20 December 2009.
  6. ^ http://www.wwiaviation.com/aces/ace_Kullberg.html Retrieved 20 December 2009.

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