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Name: Edgar Gardner Tobin
Distinguished Service Cross (DSC)
French Croix de Guerre
Edgar Tobin
Country: United States
Rank: Lieutenant
Service: United States Air Service
Units: 94th Aero, 103rd Aero
Victories: 6
Born: 07 September 1896
Place of Birth: San Antonio, Texas, USA
Died: 10 January 1954 Killed In Flying Accident
Place of Death: Wallace Lake; near Shreveport, Louisiana, USA
Place of Death: Sunset Memorial Park, San Antonio, Texas, USA
 
 
Edgar Gardner Tobin joined the United States Army Signal Corps, Aviation Section, at Austin, Texas in May 1917. In July 1917, upon completion of ground school training at the University of Texas, he was sent overseas and received flight training in France. He was promoted to First Lieutenant on 12 December 1917 and, following gunnery training in January 1918, he was joined the 94th Aero Squadron on 7 March 1918. Tobin was transferred to the 103rd Aero Squadron on 2 April 1918 and appointed Flight Commander in July 1918. He scored six victories flying the SPAD XIII and was the third highest scoring ace of his unit. After returning to the United States in December 1918, he was assigned to Kelly Field where he served as assistant to the officer in charge, Major Russell.

Post-war, Edgar Tobin returned to San Antonio, Texas and, for a time, sold cars. In 1928 he formed Edgar Tobin Aerial Surverys, the largest aerial mapping firm in the world, and devoted most of his working life to aerial mapping systems for the oil industry. On 10 January 1954, returning from a duck hunting trip in snowy weather, he and eleven others perished when their Grumman Mallard crashed into a vacant house near Wallace Lake.
The Dallas Morning News, Dallas, Texas, Tuesday, 12 January 1954, page 1
 
Distinguished Service Cross (DSC)
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Edgar Gardner Tobin, First Lieutenant (Air Service), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Vieville, France, July 16, 1918. While leading a patrol of three machines in the region of Vieville, First Lieutenant Tobin attacked an enemy formation of six single-seaters. He destroyed two himself and forced down a third out of control.
General Orders No. 99, W.D., 1918
 
Victories
Date Time Unit Aircraft Opponent Location
1 11 Jul 1918 0755 103rd SPAD XIII Two-seater 1 E of Thiaucourt
2 16 Jul 1918 1015 103rd SPAD XIII Pfalz D.III Vieville-en-Haye
u/c 16 Jul 1918 1015 103rd SPAD XIII Pfalz D.III Vieville-en-Haye
3 01 Aug 1918 1018 103rd SPAD XIII Two-seater Prinz Wurtemburg
4 10 Aug 1918 2020 103rd SPAD XIII Fokker D.VII Thiaucourt
5 11 Aug 1918 1005 103rd SPAD XIII Albatros C 2 Flirey
6 28 Sep 1918 1330 103rd SPAD XIII Fokker D.VII Chatel-Chehery

1 Shared with Lt E B Jones
2 Shared with Lt George Furlow, Lt VW Todd
 
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)
 
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