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David Endicott Putnam
Birth: 1898
Death: Sep. 12, 1918

A descendent of Revolutionary War hero Israel Putnam, David Putnam, born at Jamaica Plains and a resident of Brookline, MA was president of his class, an outstanding orator and superb athlete at Harvard. He dropped out and joined the French Air Service after hitchhiking overseas on a cattle boat. After serving with the French, which included a single-handed engagement with ten German aircraft in which he downed five of the ten, Putnam was commissioned into the American Air Service in June 1918. He was America's "ace of aces" and acting commander of the 139th Aero Squadron when he was killed while engaging eight German aircraft that were attacking a lone American observation plane. The squadron insignia from the SPAD XIII he was flying, as well as the wristwatch he was wearing at the time he was shot down and killed, are on display at the US Air Force Museum, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. 

Cause of death: Dogfight in combat
 
Burial:
Lafayette Escadrille Memorial
Marnes-la-Coquette
Departement des Hauts-de-Seine
Ile-de-France, France
 
Maintained by: Find A Grave
Record added: Apr 18, 2000
Find A Grave Memorial# 9170
David Endicott Putnam
Added by: Warrick L. Barrett
 
David Endicott Putnam
Added by: Warrick L. Barrett
 
David Endicott Putnam
Added by: Warrick L. Barrett
 
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Rest in Peace, beloved soldier. See you in Heaven.
- Mary
 Added: Jul. 24, 2013
Rest in Peace.
- Elsie Celestino
 Added: Jul. 21, 2013
RIP, Ace.
- SextonXXIV
 Added: Feb. 26, 2013
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