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Name: Frederic Ives "Fred" Lord
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC) and Bar
Order of St. Stanislas, 2nd Class with Swords
Frederic Lord
Country: United States
Rank: Captain
Service: Royal Flying Corps
Royal Air Force
Units: 79
Victories: 12
Born: 18 April 1897
Place of Birth: Manitowoc, Wisconsin, USA
Died: 21 July 1967
Place of Death: Apple Valley, California, USA
Cemetery: Victor Valley Memorial Park, Victorville, California, USA
Photos courtesy of Curtis T. Wilson
 
Frederic Ives Lord enlisted in the U.S. Army but was discharged from the 3rd Texas Infantry when it was learned that he was too young for military service. With an altered birth certificate that declared he was born in 1894, Lord went to Canada where he enlisted in the Royal Flying Corps. After completing his training in England, he joined 79 Squadron in France. Flying the Sopwith Dolphin, Lord and four other pilots in the squadron became aces. Post-war became vice-president of the Garland-Lord Aircraft Sales Company.

Listed as Frederick Ives Lord in the Supplement to the London Gazette, the 1900 and 1920 U.S. censuses, and the 1905 Wisconsin State Census. Listed as Frederic Lord in the California Death Register, the 1910 U.S. census and the Social Security Death Index.
 
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC)
Lt. (T./Capt.) Frederick Ives Lord.
   A gallant officer, bold in attack and skilful in manoeuvre. On the 27th June he, single-handed, attacked and destroyed a Fokker biplane. On his return journey he observed one of our formations engaged with a number of Pfalz scouts; joining in the combat he shot down one which crashed.
 
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC) Bar
Flying Officer (A./Flt. Lt.) Frederick Ives Lord, D.F.C.
   On the 27th June, 1919, whilst piloting an R.E.8 machine, he found the position of the enemy on the Pinega River, four versts from Pilegori, and attacked the moving columns from a height of 200 feet with such effect that their transport was stampeded and their expected attack broke down, without any casualties being sustained by our forces.
 
Victories
Date Time Unit Aircraft Opponent Location
1 28 May 1918 0730 79 Sopwith Dolphin (C4182) Balloon (DES) Comines
2 07 Jun 1918 0900 79 Sopwith Dolphin (C4131) Albatros D.V (DES) La Bassée
3 27 Jun 1918 1930 79 Sopwith Dolphin (C4131) Albatros D.V (DES) Neuve Eglise
4 27 Jun 1918 1945 79 Sopwith Dolphin (C4131) Fokker DR.I (DES) Neuve Eglise
5 27 Jun 1918 1945 79 Sopwith Dolphin (C4131) Albatros D.V (OOC) Neuve Eglise
6 21 Aug 1918 2020 79 Sopwith Dolphin (D3771) Two-seater (DES) NW of Armentières
7 03 Sep 1918 1150 79 Sopwith Dolphin (C4127) Fokker D.VII (DES) Armentières
8 05 Sep 1918 1900 79 Sopwith Dolphin Fokker D.VII (OOC) E of Ploegsteert
9 16 Sep 1918 0945 79 Sopwith Dolphin (C4127) Fokker D.VII (OOC) Messines
10 17 Sep 1918 1010 79 Sopwith Dolphin (C4127) Fokker D.VII (DES) Comines
11 20 Sep 1918 0635 79 Sopwith Dolphin (C4127) Hannover CL (DES) N of Habourdin
12 28 Sep 1918 1315 79 Sopwith Dolphin (C4127) Pfalz D.III (DES) Wrecken
 
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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