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Name: Reed McKinley Chambers
Distinguished Service Cross (DSC) with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters
Chevalier de la Légion d'Honneur
Croix de Guerre with 2 Palms, 1 Silver Star, 1 Bronze Star
Reed Chambers
Country: United States
Rank: Major
Services: United States Air Service
Units: 94th Aero
Victories: 7
Born: 18 August 1894
Place of Birth: Onaga, Kansas, USA
Died: 16 January 1972
Place of Death: St. Thomas, Virgin Islands
 
 
The son of Mr. J. S. Chambers of Fort Huachuca, Arizona, Reed McKinley Chambers joined the National Guard in 1914 and served on the Mexican border in 1916. He transferred to the United States Signal Corps, Aviation Section, and was assigned to 94th Aero Squadron. With this unit he scored 7 victories flying the SPAD XIII. After the war, he and Eddie Rickenbacker formed Florida Airways. When the business failed in 1927, he formed an insurance company. In 1968, he broke the sound barrier when he was invited to copilot an F106.
 
Distinguished Service Cross (DSC)
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Reed McKinley Chambers, First Lieutenant (Air Service), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Montfaucon and Vilosnes sur Meuse, France, October 2, 1918. At 7. 40 o'clock Lieutenant Chambers saw four enemy machines (Fokker type) attacking another American machine (Spad type). He immediately went to its rescue, and after a few minutes of fierce combat he succeeded in shooting down one.
General Orders No. 14, W.D., 1920
 
Distinguished Service Cross (DSC) Oak Leaf Cluster
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Reed McKinley Chambers, First Lieutenant (Air Service), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action over the region of Epinonville, France, September 29, 1918. While on a mission Lieutenant Chambers, accompanied by another machine piloted by First Lieutenant Samuel Kaye, Jr. , encountered a formation of six enemy machines (Fokker type) at an altitude of 3, 000 feet. Despite numerical superiority of the enemy, Lieutenant Chambers and Lieutenant Kaye immediately attacked and succeeded in destroying one and forced the remaining five to retreat into their own lines.
General Orders No. 14, W.D., 1920
 
 
Distinguished Service Cross (DSC) Oak Leaf Cluster
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Reed McKinley Chambers, First Lieutenant (Air Service), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Montfaucon and Vilosnes sur Meuse, France, October 2, 1918. Lieutenant Chambers, while on a mission, at an altitude of 2, 000 feet, encountered an enemy two-seater (Halberstadt type). He immediately attacked, and after a brief combat succeeded in shooting it down.
General Orders No. 14, W.D., 1920
 
 
Distinguished Service Cross (DSC) Oak Leaf Cluster
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Reed McKinley Chambers, Captain (Air Service), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near the Bois-de-la Cote-Lemonte, France, October 21, 1918. While on a voluntary patrol, Captain Chambers encountered five enemy planes (Fokker type), harassing our Infantry at an altitude of 300 meters. Attacking them without hesitation, he shot down two of them and drove off the others.
General Orders No. 14, W.D., 1920
 
Légion d'Honneur
A very brave pilot, who, by dint of his sterling qualities was a fine example for the whole squadron. When he was on patrol with eight of his comrades, he attacked 24 enemies who were scattered and he came back in our lines with his plane severely damaged.
Légion d'Honneur citation
 
Victories
Date Time Unit Aircraft Opponent Location
1 26 Sep 1918 0552 94th SPAD XIII Balloon Nantillois
2 26 Sep 1918 1720 94th SPAD XIII Fokker D.VII 1 Cunel
3 02 Oct 1918 1730 94th SPAD XIII Hannover CL 2 Montfaucon
4 02 Oct 1918 1740 94th SPAD XIII Fokker D.VII Vilosnes
5 10 Oct 1918 1548 94th SPAD XIII Fokker D.VII Doulcon
6 22 Oct 1918 1630 94th SPAD XIII Fokker D.VII Vilosnes
7 22 Oct 1918 1632 94th SPAD XIII Fokker D.VII Vilosnes

1 Shared with Lt Samuel Kaye Jr
2 Shared with Lt Edward Rickenbacker
 
Books
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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