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Name: Edgar Taylor
Country: United States
Rank: Lieutenant
Service: Royal Flying Corps
Royal Air Force
Units: 79
Victories: 5
Born: 09 January 1897
Place of Birth: Rhode Island, USA
Died: 24 August 1918 Killed In Action
Place of Death: Near Cul de Sac Ferme
Memorial: Arras Flying Services Memorial, Pas de Calais, France
The son of English parents, Peter E. and Esther A. Taylor, Edgar Taylor, from Central Falls, Rhode Island, joined the Royal Flying Corps in 1917 and was posted to 79 Squadron in April 1918. A Sopwith Dolphin pilot, he served with fellow American aces Francis Gillet and Frederick Lord. In August 1918, Taylor was credited with one Fokker D.VII followed by four German balloons. Killed in action on 24 August 1918, he was shot down by ground fire as he attacked and destroyed his fourth balloon.

Relatives believe Taylor's log, letters and diary are held by the Imperial War Museum. These materials were complied into a book entitled Itís a Long Way to Camas Meadows.
The Pawtucket Times, Pawtucket, Rhode Island, Thursday, 29 August 1918, page 8
Date Time Unit Aircraft Opponent Location
1 04 Aug 1918 0840 79 Sopwith Dolphin (D3727) Fokker D.VII (OOC) Neuve-Eglise
2 15 Aug 1918 0720 79 Sopwith Dolphin (D3727) Balloon (DES) N of Estaires
3 23 Aug 1918 0830 79 Sopwith Dolphin (D3727) Balloon (DES) E of Ypres
4 23 Aug 1918 0833 79 Sopwith Dolphin (D3727) Balloon (DES) E of Ypres
5 24 Aug 1918 1730 79 Sopwith Dolphin (D3727) Balloon (DES) Sailly-sur-la-Lys
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)
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