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Name: Cleo Francis Pineau
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC) Cleo Pineau
Country: United States
Rank: Lieutenant
Service: Royal Flying Corps
Royal Air Force
Unit: 210 (RAF)
Victories: 6
Born: 23 July 1893
Place of Birth: Williamsport, Pennsylvania
Died: 29 May 1972
Place of Death: Williamsport, Pennsylvania
Cemetery: Wildwood Cemetery, Williamsport, Pennsylvania
 
 
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.
 
Victories
Date Time Unit Aircraft Opponent Location
1 06 Sep 1918 1835 210 Sopwith Camel (F3238) Fokker D.VII (OOC) W of Ostend
2 16 Sep 1918 1110 210 Sopwith Camel (F3238) Fokker D.VII (DES) NW of Zeebrugge
3 24 Sep 1918 1440 210 Sopwith Camel (F3238) Fokker D.VII (DES) N of St. Pierre Capelle
4 24 Sep 1918 1445 210 Sopwith Camel (F3238) Fokker D.VII (OOC) SE of Nieuport
5 01 Oct 1918 1710 210 Sopwith Camel (F3238) Fokker D.VII (DESF) SE of Roulers
6 08 Oct 1918 0923 210 Sopwith Camel (D1868) Fokker D.VII (DES) NE of Roulers
 
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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