James Knowles (aviator)

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James Knowles, Jr.
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Lieutenant James Knowles, Jr, 95th Aero Squadron, 1918
Born (1896-12-27)December 27, 1896
Cincinnati, Ohio, USA
Died February 21, 1971(1971-02-21)
St. Louis, Missouri, USA
Allegiance  United States
Service/branch Air Service, United States Army
Years of service 1917 - 1919
Rank Lieutenant
Unit 95th Aero Squadron
Battles/wars World War I Victory Medal ribbon.svg World War I
Awards Distinguished Service Cross with Oak Leaf Cluster, French Croix de Guerre, Aero Club of America Medal

Lieutenant James Knowles, Jr. was a World War I flying ace credited with five aerial victories. He was one of the final aces in the war.[1][2]

Knowles was a Harvard student who was accepted into the U.S. Army Air Service in April 1917. In June 1918, he reported to the 95th Aero Squadron for duty[3] as a Spad XIII pilot. Between 25 July and 8 November 1918, he shot down three German Fokker D.VIIs and two Rumpler reconnaissance planes; one of the latter victories was shared with Sumner Sewall and three other pilots.[4] He came out of the war as an ace with the Distinguished Service Cross with Oak Leaf Cluster, the Croix de Guerre, and the Aero Club of America Medal.[5]

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  1. ^ http://www.theaerodrome.com/aces/usa/knowles2.php Retrieved on 24 June 2010.
  2. ^ American Aces of World War I. p. 70. 
  3. ^ American Aces of World War I. p. 70. 
  4. ^ http://www.theaerodrome.com/aces/usa/knowles2.php Retrieved on 24 June 2010.
  5. ^ American Aces of World War I. p. 70. 

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