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 Eugene Hoy Barksdale

Eugene Hoy Barksdale

Birth
Goshen Springs, Rankin County, Mississippi, USA
Death 11 Aug 1926 (aged 29)
Dayton, Montgomery County, Ohio, USA
Burial Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA
Plot Section 3, Grave 4834SS
Memorial ID 6655 · View Source
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Aviator. Born in Goshen Springs, Mississippi, he was a student at Mississippi State College, when he volunteered for the aviation section of the US Army Signal Corps at the start of World War I. He later went to England, for flight training and was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in the Royal Flying Corps assigned to the 41st Squadron in 1917. Placed on active duty at the front as a pilot, he participated in many actions and was credited with the ground destruction of five enemy aircraft and three enemy aircraft through aerial combat. In October 1918, he joined the US Army Air Corps as a 1st Lieutenat in the 25th Aero Squadron in France and was credited as an ace. After the war he became a test pilot for various plane companys. On August 11, 1926, while testing a Douglas O-2 airplane over McCook Field Dayton, Ohio, he did not recover from a flat spin and as he parachuted, it caught in the wing's brace wires, causing him to fall to his death. Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana, is named in his honor.

Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith


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  • Added: 16 Oct 1999
  • Find A Grave Memorial 6655
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Eugene Hoy Barksdale (5 Sep 1896–11 Aug 1926), Find A Grave Memorial no. 6655, citing Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .