Summary

Top World War I fighter ace pilot (with 26 aerial victories) and Medal of Honor recipient.

Conflict Period:
World War I 1
Branch:
Army 2
Rank:
Captain 2
Birth:
08 Oct 1890 2
Columbus, Ohio 2
Death:
23 Jul 1973 2
Zürich, Switzerland 2
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Capt. Eddie Rickenbacker Poses At The Door Of A Boeing B-17 During His Visit To The 305Th Bomb Group Base In England. 26 July 1943.
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Full Name:
Edward Vernon Rickenbacker 1
Also known as:
Eddie Rickenbacker 1
Full Name:
Edward Rickenbacker 2
Birth:
08 Oct 1890 1
Columbus, Ohio 1
Male 1
Death:
23 Jul 1973 1
Zürich, Switzerland 1
Burial:
Green Lawn Cemetery, Columbus, Ohio 3
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Birth:
Mother: Elizabeth Basler Rickenbacher 3
Father: William Rickenbacher 3
Marriage:
Adelaide Frost Durant 1
1922 1
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World War I 1

Branch:
Army 1
Rank:
Captain 1
Service Start Date:
1917 1
Service End Date:
1919 1
Medals:
Medal of Honor, Distinguished Service Cross (7x), Légion d'honneur, Croix de guerre 4
Unit:
94th Aero Squadron 1
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Occupation:
Race car driver, fighter ace, airline head 1

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Medal of Honor Citation

Near Billy, France

Date of Issue: 12/31/1931
Rank: First Lieutenant
Place / Date: Near Billy, France, 25 September 1918

For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity above and beyond the call of duty in action against the enemy near Billy, France, 25 September 1918. While on a voluntary patrol over the lines, 1st Lt. Rickenbacker attacked 7 enemy planes (5 type Fokker, protecting two type Halberstadt). Disregarding the odds against him, he dived on them and shot down one of the Fokkers out of control. He then attacked one of the Halberstadts and sent it down also.

Fighter Ace

Baussant, France

On 29 April 1918, at Baussant, France, Eddie Rickenbacker had his first aerial victory while serving in the Army Air Service during World War I. Within 6 months, he had scored a total of 26 aerial victories, making him the war’s top American fighter ace.

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