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Name: Frank Lucien "Bud" Hale
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC) Frank Hale
Country: United States
Rank: Captain
Service: Royal Flying Corps
Royal Air Force
Units: 32, 85
Victories: 7
Born: 06 August 1895
Place of Birth: Syracuse, New York
Died: 07 June 1944
Place of Death: Buffalo, New York
 
 
The son of Frank H. Hale of Fayetteville, New York, Lucien Frank Hale dropped out of Fayetteville High School following a disciplinary problem with one of his teachers. He joined the New York National Guard in 1914 and served with the Fourth Ambulance Company of Syracuse on the Mexican border in 1916. In June 1917 he joined the Royal Flying Corps at Toronto after he was rejected by the United States Signal Corps. As a cadet he was chosen to perform stunts before the Duke of Devonshire, King Edward VII's brother. In 1918, flying an S.E.5a, he scored all of his victories against the Fokker D.VII. An eighth victory is mentioned in his Distinguished Flying Cross citation (below) but there is no other documentation to support this claim. Post-war Hale became general manager of the Curtiss Flying Service and was chosen to accompany Charles Lindbergh on a transcontinental flight across the United States. In 1940 he opened a new car dealership, the Hale Pontiac Company, at 524 East Genesee Street in Syracuse, New York.
 
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC)
Lieut. Frank Lucien Hale. (FRANCE)
   A brilliant and very gallant officer who never hesitates to attack the enemy however superior in numbers. On 27th September, Lieut. Hale, single-handed, attacked a formation of ten Fokker biplanes who were manoeuvring to attack one of our bombing formations; engaging one of the Fokkers, he drove it down out of control, and it was seen to break up in the air. By this gallant action the enemy were diverted from their objective. In the combat Lieut. Hale's machine and engine were badly damaged; despite this, he, on his return journey, attacked a solitary Fokker and drove it down out of control. This officer has accounted for eight enemy aircraft.
 
Victories
Date Time Unit Aircraft Opponent Location
1 25 Aug 1918 1900 32 S.E.5a (E4026) Fokker D.VII (DES) Hancourt
2 04 Sep 1918 0945 32 S.E.5a (E4026) Fokker D.VII (DES) N of Cambrai
3 04 Sep 1918 0950 32 S.E.5a (E4026) Fokker D.VII (OOC) SE of Arras
4 16 Sep 1918 1810 32 S.E.5a (E4026) Fokker D.VII (DES) Brunemont
5 27 Sep 1918 1720 32 S.E.5a (E4026) Fokker D.VII (DES) Cambrai
6 27 Sep 1918 1720 32 S.E.5a (E4026) Fokker D.VII (OOC) Cambrai
7 27 Sep 1918 1720 32 S.E.5a (E4026) Fokker D.VII (OOC) Cambrai
 
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)
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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