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Name: Laurence Kingsley "Larry" Callahan
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC) Laurence Callahan
Country: United States
Rank: Lieutenant
Service: United States Air Service
Units: 85 (RAF)
148th Aero (USAS)
Victories: 5
Born: 11 January 1894
Place of Birth: Louisville, Kentucky, USA
Died: 17 September 1977
Place of Death: Wesley Memorial Hospital, Chicago, Illinois, USA
A graduate of Cornell, Laurence Kingsley Callahan was the son of Americus and Katherine (Miller) Callahan. He joined the United States Air Service and was sent to England to train with the Royal Flying Corps. His name appears frequently in "War Birds: The Diary of an Unknown Aviator" by Elliott White Springs.
Gorrell's History of the American Expeditionary Forces Air Service
Gorrell's History of the American Expeditionary Forces Air Service
Gorrell's History of the American Expeditionary Forces Air Service
Cornell yearbook, 1916
WWI Draft Registration Card
Cornell yearbook, 1916
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC)
For gallantry and skill. On 28 October, this officer, whilst leading his flight, attacked a formation of seven Fokkers and after firing a short burst at one EA, sent it down completely out of control NW of Jenlain, and drove another EA off the tail of one of his flight. His flight in this fight accounted for six EA crashed and one out of control without losing a machine, a result largely due to his skilful leading. On another occasion he engaged a formation of EA over Esnes and succeeded in shooting down one of the EA which crashed near Esnes. This officer has accounted for four EA crashed and one driven down out of control; he has proven himself an exceptionally fine patrol leader and has at all times displayed gallantry, initiative and devotion to duty of the highest order.
DFC citation
Date Time Unit Aircraft Opponent Location
1 16 Jun 1918 0720 85 S.E.5a (D6871) Two-seater  (DES) Estaires
2 13 Jul 1918 2030 85 S.E.5a (C1935) Fokker D.VII   (DES) Armentières
3 24 Jul 1918 1040 85 S.E.5a (C1947) Fokker D.VII (OOC) Neuve Eglise
4 03 Oct 1918 1110 148th Sopwith Camel (C8253) Fokker D.VII   (DES) Esnes
5 28 Oct 1918 1205 148th Sopwith Camel (C8253) Fokker D.VII   (DES) NW of Jenlain
American Aces of World War 1
by Norman Franks, Harry Dempsey (Illustrator) / Paperback / Osprey Publishing (September 25, 2001)
Over the Front
by Norman L. R. Franks, Frank W. Bailey / Hardcover / Grub Street the Basement (May 1992)
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