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2LT Frank Luke, Jr

2LT Frank Luke, Jr

Birth
Phoenix, Maricopa County, Arizona, USA
Death 29 Sep 1918 (aged 21)
Murvaux, Departement de la Meuse, Lorraine, France
Burial Romagne-sous-Montfaucon, Departement de la Meuse, Lorraine, France
Plot Plot A, Row 26, Grave 13
Memorial ID 9233 · View Source
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World War I Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. Nicknamed the "Arizona Ballon Buster," he succeeded David Putnam as the "ace of aces" in the US Air Service during the First World War. He was a member of the 27th Pursuit Squadron. Often flying alone or with wingman Joe Wehner, Luke shot down 18 enemy balloons and planes in 17 days before he was killed in action. After destroying three German balloons on September 29, 1918, his SPAD S.XIII was shot down by ground fire. Refusing to surrender, he shot it out with German infantrymen and was killed near the crash site at Murvaux. He was buried nearby by French villagers. After the war, his remains were reinterred at the Romagne Military Cemetery. He was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor and Luke Air Force Base, near Phoenix, AZ was named in his honor.


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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Added: 4 May 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 9233
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for 2LT Frank Luke, Jr (19 May 1897–29 Sep 1918), Find A Grave Memorial no. 9233, citing Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery and Memorial, Romagne-sous-Montfaucon, Departement de la Meuse, Lorraine, France ; Maintained by Find A Grave .