Having trained at the Wright School in Mineola, New York, Oliver Colin LeBoutillier, the son of an English father and Canadian mother, joined the Royal Naval Air Service on 21 August 1916. Posted to 9 Naval Squadron (later 209 Squadron), he scored 10 victories flying the Sopwith Triplane and the Sopwith Camel. On 21 April 1918 he was one of the four American airmen who participated in the dogfight that ultimately led to the death of Germany's greatest ace, Manfred von Richthofen. Captain LeBoutillier was transferred to the unemployed list on 11 February 1919. Post-war, he returned to the United States where he became a skywriter and gave Amelia Earhart her first lesson on twin engined aircraft. In 1928, LeBoutillier was Mabel Boll's pilot in her failed attempt to become the first woman to cross the Atlantic in a plane. As a Hollywood stunt pilot, LeBoutillier appeared in eighteen movies including "Hell's Angels." In all, he had 19,000 hours of flight time when his flying career finally ended.