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Name: Murray Kenneth Guthrie
Distinguished Service Cross (DSC) and 2 Oak Leaf Clusters Murray Guthrie
Country: United States
Rank: Lieutenant
Service: United States Air Service
Units: 13th Aero
Victories: 6
Born: 29 May 1896
Place of Birth: Minneapolis, Minnesota
Died: 21 May 1985
Place of Death: Lometa, Texas
 
 
Raised in Mobile, Alabama, Murray Kenneth Guthrie, the son of K. R. Guthrie, joined the United States Air Service in 1918. As a SPAD XIII pilot, he was assigned to the 13th Aero Squadron, eventually becoming a flight commander. Credited with downing six Fokker D.VIIs, he was the highest scoring ace in his squadron. After the war, Guthrie returned to Minnesota where he co-founded an advertising agency, became an officer in a financial institution and started a food supplement company. In 1951, he moved to Texas and became a rancher.
Combat Report, 15 September 1918
 
Distinguished Service Cross (DSC)
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Murray Kenneth Guthrie, First Lieutenant (Air Service), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Andevanne, France, October 1, 1918. Lieutenant Guthrie was a member of an offensive patrol of four planes, which was attacked far behind the enemy's lines by six German machines. One of our pilots was forced to withdraw by the failure of his machine-guns, and two others were surrounded and overpowered. Lieutenant Guthrie fought the six enemy planes alone for ten minutes and destroyed one of them.
General Orders No. 37, W.D., 1919
 
Distinguished Service Cross (DSC) Oak Leaf Cluster
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Murray Kenneth Guthrie, First Lieutenant (Air Service), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Montfaucon, France, October 4, 1918. When the leader of his patrol was blown to pieces by a shell, Lieutenant Guthrie took command and attacked the formation of six enemy planes. Although he became separated from his companions, he succeeded in destroying one of his opponents.
General Orders No. 37, W.D., 1919
 
Distinguished Service Cross (DSC) Oak Leaf Cluster
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Murray Kenneth Guthrie, First Lieutenant (Air Service), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Fontaines, France, November 4, 1918. As flight commander, Lieutenant Guthrie led his formation of six planes to the attack of seven enemy planes (type, Fokker); six of the enemy were destroyed, one of which was sent down by this officer. Immediately following this combat he attacked and drove off four hostile machines (type, Fokker), which were about to attack one of our balloons.
General Orders No. 37, W.D., 1919
 
Victories
Date Time Unit Aircraft Opponent Location
1 14 Sep 1918 0805 13th   Fokker D.VII Preny
2 14 Sep 1918 0805 13th   Fokker D.VII Preny
3 15 Sep 1918 1030 13th   Fokker D.VII Vaux
4 01 Oct 1918 1635 13th   Fokker D.VII Andevanne
5 04 Oct 1918 0855 13th   Fokker D.VII Nantillois
6 04 Nov 1918 1300 13th   Fokker D.VII Fontaine
 
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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