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 David Endicott Putnam

David Endicott Putnam

Birth
Jamaica Plain, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, USA
Death 12 Sep 1918 (aged 19)
Limey-Remenauville, Departement de Meurthe-et-Moselle, Lorraine, France
Burial Marnes-la-Coquette, Departement des Hauts-de-Seine, Île-de-France, France
Memorial ID 9170 · View Source
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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.


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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Added: 18 Apr 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 9170
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for David Endicott Putnam (10 Dec 1898–12 Sep 1918), Find A Grave Memorial no. 9170, citing Lafayette Escadrille Memorial, Marnes-la-Coquette, Departement des Hauts-de-Seine, Île-de-France, France ; Maintained by Find A Grave .