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Name: Emile John Lussier
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC) Emile Lussier
Country: United States
Rank: Captain
Services: Royal Flying Corps
Royal Air Force
Units: 73
Victories: 11
Born: 10 October 1895
Place of Birth: Chicago, Illinois, USA
Died: October 1974
Place of Death: Westminster, Maryland, USA
 
 
The son of Joseph Emile and Louise Swalwell Lussier, Emile John Lussier was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois. In 1910 his father took a job building railroad stations across western Canada.When he enlisted in the Royal Flying Corps in 1917, Lussier was living in Medicine Hat, Alberta. A Sopwith Camel pilot, he received a second lieutenant's commission on 29 November 1917. He was posted to 73 Squadron in March 1918, becoming a flight commander in October 1918. After the war, he returned to the United States and took up farming in Westminster, Maryland. During World War II, he served with the Royal Canadian Air Force.
 
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC)
Lt. Emile John Lussier.
   During recent operations this officer has driven down out of control or destroyed seven enemy machines, and, with the aid of two other pilots, has accounted for a further two. Three of these he destroyed in one day. In these combats he has proved himself an officer of very high courage, eager to attack without regard to the enemy's superiority in numbers.
 
Victories
Date Time Unit Aircraft Opponent Location
1 25 Jul 1918 1900 73 Sopwith Camel (D9438) Fokker D.VII (DES) S of Villers
2 25 Jul 1918 1903 73 Sopwith Camel (D9438) Fokker D.VII (OOC) S of Villers
3 30 Jul 1918 1400 73 Sopwith Camel (D9438) LVG C (DES) 1 N of Vezilly
4 08 Aug 1918 1720 73 Sopwith Camel (B2525) Two-seater (DES) 2 Nesle
5 19 Aug 1918 0810 73 Sopwith Camel (D9438) Fokker D.VII (OOC) Combles
6 25 Aug 1918 1125 73 Sopwith Camel (E1551) Fokker D.VII (DES) Sapignies
7 25 Aug 1918 1830 73 Sopwith Camel (E1551) Fokker D.VII (OOC) NE of Bapaume
8 25 Aug 1918 1833 73 Sopwith Camel (E1551) Fokker D.VII (OOC) NE of Bapaume
9 29 Aug 1918 1030 73 Sopwith Camel (E1551) Fokker D.VII (OOC) NE of Arras
10 15 Sep 1918 1745 73 Sopwith Camel (E1551) Fokker D.VII (DES) Aubigny au Bac
11 18 Oct 1918 1500 73 Sopwith Camel (E7184) Fokker D.VII (OOC) N of Le Cateau

1 Shared with Lt Norman Cooper, Lt A McConnell
2 Shared with Lt Gavin Graham, Lt Robert Chandler
 
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)
Sopwith Camel Aces of World War 1
by Norman Franks, Harry Dempsey (Illustrator) / Paperback / Osprey Publishing (March 25, 2003)
 
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