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Name: Harold Albert Kullberg
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC) Harold Kullberg
Country: United States
Rank: Captain
Service: Royal Flying Corps
Royal Air Force
Units: 1
Victories: 19
Born: 10 September 1896
Place of Birth: Somerville, Massachusetts, USA
Died: 05 August 1924
Place of Death: Near Hudson, Ohio, USA
Cemetery: Glendale Cemetery, Akron, Ohio, USA
Rejected by the United States Air Service for being too short, Harold Albert Kullberg joined the Royal Flying Corps in Canada on 7 August 1917. He was promoted to temporary 2nd Lieutenant (on probation) on 12 December 1917. In May 1918 he joined 1 Squadron in France to fly the S.E.5a. Scoring his final victory on 16 September 1918, Kullberg was hotly pursued by the companions of the Fokker D.VII he'd just shot down. Severely wounded three times in the leg, he spent the remainder of the war in hospital. Post-war he was president of the Akron Aeronautical Association and was killed, age 28, in a crash near Hudson, Ohio while teaching a student pilot to fly.
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC)
Lt. Harold Albert Kullberg.
      This officer has destroyed six enemy aeroplanes and has taken part in seven engagements when others have been destroyed by members of his patrol. A bold and keen officer who possesses a fine fighting spirit.
Date Time Unit Aircraft Opponent Location
1 27 May 1918 1425 1 S.E.5a (D337) Two-seater (DES) 1 S of Bailleul
2 27 May 1918 1450 1 S.E.5a (D337) Two-seater (DES) 1 Kemmel
3 28 May 1918 0635 1 S.E.5a (B8254) Two-seater (OOC) 2 Meteren-Bailleul
4 28 May 1918 0700 1 S.E.5a (B8254) DFW C (DES) 2 Meteren-Berquin
5 01 Jun 1918 1940 1 S.E.5a (B8512) Pfalz D.III (DES) Armentières
6 01 Jun 1918 1940 1 S.E.5a (B8512) Pfalz D.III (OOC) 3 Ploegsteert Wood
7 09 Jun 1918 0630 1 S.E.5a (C8842) Fokker DR.I (CAP) 4 Dickebusch
8 09 Jun 1918 0730 1 S.E.5a (C8842) Two-seater (OOC) N of Merville
9 15 Jun 1918 1315 1 S.E.5a (C1835) Balloon (DES) 5 S of Estaires
10 23 Jun 1918 0600 1 S.E.5a (C1835) Two-seater (DES) 6 NW of Lestrem
11 27 Jun 1918 0427 1 S.E.5a (C1835) LVG C (DES) 7 E of Meteren
12 01 Jul 1918 0805 1 S.E.5a (C1835) Halberstadt C (DES) 8 Messens
13 09 Jul 1918 2050 1 S.E.5a (C1835) Fokker D.VII (DES) Oostnieuwkerke
14 29 Jul 1918 1745 1 S.E.5a (C1835) Albatros C (DES) N of Steenwerck
15 09 Aug 1918 1025 1 S.E.5a (C1835) Fokker D.VII (DES) Proyart
16 30 Aug 1918 1830 1 S.E.5a (B8427) Fokker D.VII (DES) Bourlon
17 30 Aug 1918 1830 1 S.E.5a (B8427) Fokker D.VII (DES) Bourlon
18 03 Sep 1918 1820 1 S.E.5a (B8427) Fokker D.VII (DES) Avesnes le Sec
19 16 Sep 1918 1030 1 S.E.5a (B8427) Fokker D.VII (DES) Valenciennes

1 Shared with Capt Percy Clayson, Lt Duerson Knight, Lt Basil Moody, Lt Ernest Kelly
2 Shared with Capt Percy Clayson, Capt K S Henderson, Lt E M Forsyth, Lt Basil Moody, Lt Ernest Owen, Lt A F Scroggs, Lt H B Bradley, Lt Ernest Kelly, Lt Duerson Knight, Lt Kenneth Laing
3 Shared with Capt Charles Lavers, Capt Percy Clayson, Lt Wallace Smart, Lt L W Mawbey, Lt E M Newman, Lt Duerson Knight, Lt C B Henderson, Lt H S Hennessy, Lt Ernest Kelly
4 Shared with Capt Percy Clayson, Lt H B Bradley, Lt H B Parkinson, Lt Ernest Owen, Lt Duerson Knight, Lt Kenneth Laing, Lt E S Crossley, Lt John Bateman, Lt C B Henderson
5 Shared with Capt Percy Clayson, Lt G W Bellin
6 Shared with Capt Percy Calyson, Lt Duerson Knight, Lt John Bateman, Lt C B Henderson
7 Shared with Capt Percy Clayson, Lt Duerson Knight
8 Shared with Lt John Bateman, Lt Wallace Smart
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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