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 Raoul Lufbery

Raoul Lufbery

Original Name Gervais
Birth
Chamalieres, Departement du Puy-de-Dôme, Auvergne, France
Death 19 May 1918 (aged 33)
Maron, Departement de Meurthe-et-Moselle, Lorraine, France
Burial Marnes-la-Coquette, Departement des Hauts-de-Seine, Île-de-France, France
Memorial ID 9206 · View Source
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World War I Flying Ace. Born at Chamalieres, France, Lufbery emigrated to the United States with his family when he was six years old. When the war began, he returned to France and joined the French Air Service. After serving for nearly four years in the French Air Service and the Lafayette Escadrille, he joined the United States Air Service as an instructor. Idolized by his subordinates and revered by his peers, he was killed in action as he attempted to down a German Rumpler north of Nancy. Hit by enemy fire, his Nieuport 28 suddenly flipped over and Lufbery was seen to fall from his aircraft. The following day, there was an impressive funeral conducted for him that was attended by hundreds and recorded on film. Lufbery was initially buried in the cemetery at the Sebastopol Hospital. In the village of Maron, near the Moselle River, a bronze tablet marks the place where he fell. His remains were later moved to Lafayette Memorial du Parc de Garches, the shrine honoring the Lafayette Escadrille, in Paris.


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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Added: 2 May 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 9206
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Raoul Lufbery (14 Mar 1885–19 May 1918), Find A Grave Memorial no. 9206, citing Lafayette Escadrille Memorial, Marnes-la-Coquette, Departement des Hauts-de-Seine, Île-de-France, France ; Maintained by Find A Grave .