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Name: Oren John Rose
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC) and Bar Oren Rose
Country: United States
Rank: Captain
Service: Royal Flying Corps
Royal Air Force
Units: 92
Victories: 16
Born: 23 March 1892
Place of Birth: Bean Lake, Missouri, USA
Died: 21 June 1971
Place of Death: Santa Clara, California, USA
Cemetery: Mission City Memorial Park, Santa Clara, California, USA Image
Oren John Rose entered the Royal Flying Corps in 1917 joining 92 Squadron in early 1918. Flying the S.E.5a, he became his squadron's highest scoring ace and scored its final victory of the war on 4 November 1918. After the war he saw more combat in Russia before returning to the United States to become a businessman. During World War II he served with the United States Army Air Corps.
The Kansas City Star, Kansas City, Missouri, Saturday, 15 November 1919, page 3
Salt Lake Telegram, Salt Lake City, Utah, Sunday, 14 November 1920, page 15
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC)
Lieut. Oren John Rose. (FRANCE)
   A very gallant officer who has accounted for nine enemy aeroplanes. On 29th September he observed an enemy scout attacking some of our machines; engaging it, he drove it down from 15,000 feet to 6,000 feet, when it fell in flames. On his return journey he attacked and destroyed an enemy two-seater.
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC) Bar
Lt (A./Capt.) Oren John Rose, D.F.C. (FRANCE)
   A brilliant and fearless leader who, since 9th October, has destroyed seven enemy aeroplanes. His personal example of skill and determination in aerial combats and in attacking troops and transport on the ground is of the greatest value in maintaining the high standard of efficiency in his squadron.
Date Time Unit Aircraft Opponent Location
1 30 Jul 1918 1850 92 S.E.5a (D6173) Fokker D.VII (OOC) Estaires
2 31 Jul 1918 1920 92 S.E.5a (D6173) Two-seater (DES) Sailly sur la Lys
3 14 Aug 1918 1130 92 S.E.5a (D6173) Fokker D.VII (DES) S of Péronne
4 14 Aug 1918 1130 92 S.E.5a (D6173) Fokker D.VII (DES) S of Péronne
5 25 Aug 1918 1415 92 S.E.5a (B8430) Fokker D.VII (OOC) Lille-Armentières
6 04 Sep 1918 1110 92 S.E.5a (B8430) Halberstadt C (DES) W of Douai
7 15 Sep 1918 1300 92 S.E.5a (B8430) Hannover CL (DES) W of Lille
8 29 Sep 1918 1145 92 S.E.5a (C9064) Fokker D.VII (DES) E of Beaurevoir
9 29 Sep 1918 1150 92 S.E.5a (C9064) Halberstadt C (DES) Bellicourt
10 03 Oct 1918 0815 92 S.E.5a (C1142) Fokker D.VII (DES) N of Beaurevoir
11 03 Oct 1918 0845 92 S.E.5a (C1142) Fokker D.VII (DES) N of Fresnoy
12 08 Oct 1918 1430 92 S.E.5a (C1142) Pfalz D.III (DES) N of Le Cateau
13 09 Oct 1918 1320 92 S.E.5a (B8430) Fokker D.VII (DES) Montigny
14 29 Oct 1918 1605 92 S.E.5a (C1142) DFW C (DES)  1 Favril
15 30 Oct 1918 0915 92 S.E.5a (C1142) DFW C (DES) W of Sassegnies
16 04 Nov 1918 1045 92 S.E.5a (C1142) Fokker D.VII (DES) W of Landrecies

1 Shared with Capt W S Philcox, Lt James V Gascoyne, Lt W S Rogers
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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