Lieut Allington Joyce Jolly

Lieut Allington Joyce Jolly

Death 27 Apr 1919 (aged 23)
Freeport, Nassau County, New York, USA
Burial Cropsey, McLean County, Illinois, USA
Memorial ID 119803077 · View Source
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Lt. Allington Joyce Jolly served in WWI. While in France, he drove a staff car for Gen. John J. Pershing. He later became a flyer, attaining the rank of captain in the French air force.
He trained pilots as observers over the frontlines, and served as the chief of air service personnel at a base in Tours.

The French government awarded Jolly the Croix de Guerre (War Cross). After returning to America, he agreed to test fly the “Christmas Bullet", a plane designed by William W. Christmas. Christmas had no experience in aircraft design or aeronautical work and the Bullet is considered by many to be among the worst aircraft ever constructed.

On its maiden flight in January 1919, the wings of the original "Bullet" peeled off and the aircraft crashed, killing the pilot, Cuthbert Mills. Christmas found new investors and built another “Bullet”.

Just 4 months later, Lt. Jolly died on the maiden flight of that second plane, again when the wings peeled off.

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