In December 1917 pre-war motorcycle racer Cleo Francis Pineau, the son of Thomas L. and Adele Gstalder Pineau, joined the Royal Flying Corps in Canada. Posted to 210 Squadron on 2 June 1918, he shot down six Fokker D.VIIs while flying the Sopwith Camel. After scoring his final victory on the morning of 8 October 1918, he was shot down and captured near Roulers.
Albuquerque Morning Journal, Albuquerque, New Mexico, Monday, 6 August 1917, page 8
Albuquerque Morning Journal, Albuquerque, New Mexico, Friday, 10 January 1919, page 8
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC)
Lieut. Cleo Francis Pineau.
(Sea Patrol, FLANDERS)
An officer of exceptional merit, who sets a very high example of courage and devotion to duty to other pilots. He has destroyed four enemy machines and driven, down two out of control. After one of these combats, on 8th October, in which, he destroyed a Fokker biplane, he was reported missing.