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Name: Charles Gossage Grey
Distinguished Service Cross (DSC) Charles Grey
Country: United States
Rank: Captain
Services: French Air Service
United States Air Service
Units: Spa93 (FAS)
213th Aero (USAS)
Victories: 5
Born: 20 June 1894
Place of Birth: Chicago, Illinois, USA
Died: 06 March 1987
Place of Death: Palm Beach, Florida, USA
The son of Walter C. Grey of Chicago, Illinois, Charles Gossage Grey joined the Lafayette Flying Corps on 17 June 1917. After serving with Spa93, he transferred to the United States Air Service on 13 March 1918. On 1 August 1918, he was assigned to the 213th Aero Squadron as a flight commander. The only ace to serve in this squadron, Grey scored five confirmed victories while flying the SPAD XIII.
Distinguished Service Cross (DSC)
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Charles Gossage Grey, Captain (Air Service), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Montmedy, France, November 4, 1918. While leading a patrol of three machines, Captain Grey observed a formation of our bombing planes hard pressed by 12 of the enemy. He attacked the leading enemy machine without hesitation, thereby attracting the enemy's fire and allowing the bombing machines to escape undamaged.
General Orders No. 46, W.D., 1919
Date Time Unit Aircraft Opponent Location
1 02 Sep 1918 213th   Two-seater 1 Flirey
2 14 Sep 1918 1310 213th   Fokker D.VII 2 Spangville
3 04 Oct 1918 1135 213th   Fokker D.VII Dun-sur-Meuse
4 28 Oct 1918 1530 213th   Fokker D.VII Bantheville
5 03 Nov 1918 0905 213th   Balloon 3 Verriers

1 Shared with Lt S P Gaillard, Lt R Phelan
2 Shared with Lt S P Gaillard, Lt R W Richardson
3 Shared with Lt S P Gaillard, Lt H S Loomis, Lt K W Matheson, Lt J E McGehee, Lt H C Smith, Lt A H Treadwell
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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