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Name: Oliver Colin "Boots" LeBoutillier
Oliver LeBoutillier
Country: United States
Rank: Captain
Service: Royal Naval Air Service
Royal Air Force
Units: 9N (RNAS)
209 (RAF)
Victories: 10
Born: 24 May 1894
Place of Birth: Montclair, New Jersey, USA
Died: 12 May 1983
Place of Death: Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Cemetery: Bunker Brother's Memory Gardens Memorial and Cemetery, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
 
 
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.
The Times-Picayune, New Orleans, Louisiana, Friday, 22 June 1928, page 12
Sunday World-Herald, Omaha, Nebraska, Sunday, 25 October 1970, page 23A
 
Victories
Date Time Unit Aircraft Opponent Location
1 25 May 1917 1630 9N Sopwith Triplane (N5459) LVG C (OOC) Off Ostend
2 05 Jun 1917 1930 9N Sopwith Triplane (N5459) Albatros D.III (OOC) Off Ostend
3 17 Jul 1917 0510 9N Sopwith Triplane (N5459) Albatros D.V (OOC) 1 Nieuport
4 29 Jul 1917 0530 9N Sopwith Triplane (N5484) Albatros D.III (OOC) Leke
5 21 Apr 1918 1025 209 Sopwith Camel (D3338) Albatros C (DES) 2 Beaucourt
6 22 Apr 1918 0610 209 Sopwith Camel (D3338) DFW C (CAP) 3 Albert
7 04 May 1918 1555 209 Sopwith Camel (D3338) Pfalz D.III (OOC) E of Villers-Bretonneaux
8 09 May 1918 1145 209 Sopwith Camel (D3338) Fokker DR.I (DES) S of Bray
9 16 May 1918 0940 209 Sopwith Camel (D3338) LVG C (DES) 4 Bayonvillers
10 31 May 1918 1920 209 Sopwith Camel (D3338) Albatros D.V (OOC) Vauvillers

1 Shared with FLt Edmund Pierce, FSL MacDonald, FSL R B Freeland, FSL W E B Oakley
2 Shared with Lt Robert Foster, Lt Merrill Taylor
3 Shared with Lt Robert Foster, Lt M A Harker, Lt Merrill Taylor, Lt Cecil Brock
4 Shared with Capt Robert Foster
 
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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