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Name: Francis Warrington "Razors" Gillet
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC) and Bar
Croix de Guerre [Belgium]
Francis Gillet
Country: United States
Rank: Captain
Service: Royal Flying Corps
Royal Air Force
Units: 79
Victories: 20
Born: 29 November 1895
Place of Birth: Baltimore, Maryland, USA
Died: 21 December 1969
Place of Death: Baltimore, Maryland, USA
Cemetery: Saint John's Episcopal Church Cemetery, Reisterstown, Maryland, USA Image
 
 
The son of George Martin and Mary Frances (Koons) Gillet, Francis Warrington Gillet graduated from the University of Virginia (class of 1916) before he joined the United States Air Service on 1 April 1917.  When the United States entered the war, Gillet was declared too young to be commissioned. He obtained a discharge on 25 July 1917 and went to Canada where he joined the Royal Flying Corps. 2nd Lieutenant Gillet received Royal Aero Club Aviator's Certificate 7017 on 29 December 1917. Upon completing his training in England, he was posted to 79 Squadron in France on 29 March 1918. Flying the Sopwith Dolphin, Gillet scored twenty victories by the end of the war. In addition to three kite balloons, he was credited with destroying fourteen Fokker D.VIIs. Post-war, he returned home to Maryland and was a liquor distributor, a realtor and was active in thoroughbred horse racing.

Appears as Frederick Warrington Gillet and Frederick Warrington Gillett in some sources.
Great Britain, Royal Aero Club Aviators' Certificates, 1910-1950
 
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC)
Lieut. Frederick Warrington Gillett.
   When attacking a kite balloon, a two-seater guarding it advanced to engage him; Lieut. Gillett [sic] shot the machine down, and, turning to the balloon, which was being rapidly hauled down, he dropped two bombs at the winch and fired a drum into the balloon, which deflated but did not catch fire. In addition to this two-seater, this officer has accounted for two other machines and a kite balloon.
 
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC) Bar
Lieut. (A./Capt.) Frederick Warrington Gillett, D.F.C. (FRANCE)
   A pilot of great dash and skill who, since 3rd August, has destroyed twelve hostile aircraft. On 29th September, when on lowline patrol, he attacked three Fokkers, driving down one, which fell in flames.
 
Victories
Date Time Unit Aircraft Opponent Location
1 03 Aug 1918 0735 79 Sopwith Dolphin (C3887) Balloon (DES) N of Estaires
2 18 Aug 1918 1240 79 Sopwith Dolphin (C3887) Fokker D.VII (DES) NE of Estaires
3 24 Aug 1918 1935 79 Sopwith Dolphin (C3887) DFW C (DES) E of Bailleul
4 01 Sep 1918 1320 79 Sopwith Dolphin (C4059) LVG C (DES) NE of Armentières
5 01 Sep 1918 1325 79 Sopwith Dolphin (C4059) Balloon (DES) Armentières
6 05 Sep 1918 1855 79 Sopwith Dolphin (C4059) Fokker D.VII (DES) E of Armentières
7 21 Sep 1918 1150 79 Sopwith Dolphin (E4859) Fokker D.VII (DES) Habourdin-Wavrin
8 28 Sep 1918 1255 79 Sopwith Dolphin (C4059) Albatros C (DES) Bousbecque
9 28 Sep 1918 1730 79 Sopwith Dolphin (C4059) Fokker D.VII (DES) E of Passchendaele
10 29 Sep 1918 1010 79 Sopwith Dolphin (C4059) Fokker D.VII (DESF) W of Roulers
11 02 Oct 1918 0710 79 Sopwith Dolphin (C4059) Balloon (DES) E of Roulers
12 05 Oct 1918 0830 79 Sopwith Dolphin (C4059) Fokker D.VII (DES) Courtrai
13 08 Oct 1918 1625 79 Sopwith Dolphin (C4059) Fokker D.VII (DES) NE of Menin
14 08 Oct 1918 1630 79 Sopwith Dolphin (C4059) Fokker D.VII (DES) Gulleghem
15 14 Oct 1918 1030 79 Sopwith Dolphin (H7244) Fokker D.VII (DES) E of Inglemunster
16 14 Oct 1918 1425 79 Sopwith Dolphin (H7244) Fokker D.VII (DES) Gits
17 04 Nov 1918 1306 79 Sopwith Dolphin (C3584) Fokker D.VII (DES) W of Renaix
18 10 Nov 1918 0630 79 Sopwith Dolphin (C3584) Fokker D.VII (DES) N of Pelceghem
19 10 Nov 1918 0635 79 Sopwith Dolphin (C3584) Fokker D.VII (DES) NW of Besseghem
20 10 Nov 1918 0635 79 Sopwith Dolphin (C3584) Fokker D.VII (DES) NW of Besseghem
 
Books
American Aces of World War 1
by Norman Franks, Harry Dempsey (Illustrator) / Paperback / Osprey Publishing (September 25, 2001)
Dolphin and Snipe Aces of World War 1
by Norman Franks / Paperback / Osprey Publishing (May 12, 2002)
Over the Front
by Norman L. R. Franks, Frank W. Bailey / Hardcover / Grub Street the Basement (May 1992)
In Clouds of Glory: American Airmen who Flew with the British During the Great War
by James J. Hudson / Paperback / University of Arkansas Press (October 1, 1990)
 
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