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Name: Jerry Cox Vasconcells
Croix de Guerre Jerry Vasconcells
Country: United States
Rank: Captain
Service: United States Air Service
Units: 27th Aero, 185th Aero
Victories: 6
Born: 03 December 1892
Place of Birth: Lyons, Kansas, USA
Died: 17 April 1950
Place of Death: Denver, Colorado, USA
Cemetery: Fairmount Cemetery, Denver, Colorado, USA
After attending Dartmouth and Denver University, Jerry Cox Vasconcells became a lawyer in 1916. Enlisting in 1917, he joined 27th Aero Squadron under Harold Hartney after completion of training in Canada and Texas. In November 1918, he assumed command of 185th Aero Squadron. In latter years he served as chairman of the Colorado aeronautics commission and was a prominent bond broker in Denver. Vasconcells was the uncle of screen star Mary Astor and was ill for seven months before he died at his home in Denver in 1950.
Trenton Evening Times, Trenton, New Jersey, Friday, 17 September 1937, page 11
French Croix de Guerre
A fine pilot. Has always shown the finest military virtues. Went alone with photographic reconnaissance planes, the other protecting planes having been compelled to return. On 16 July 1918, in the course of two sorties, was attacked by an enemy superior in numbers and succeeded, by clever maneuvering, in putting them to flight. Attacked a balloon and forced it down.
Croix de Guerre citation
Date Time Unit Aircraft Opponent Location
1 16 Jul 1918 1810 27th Nieuport Rumpler C W of Dormans
2 01 Aug 1918 0810 27th SPAD XIII Rumpler C 1 Fère-en-Tardenois
3 26 Sep 1918 1750 27th SPAD XIII Balloon Lisson
4 28 Sep 1918 1030 27th SPAD XIII Rumpler C Forges
5 03 Oct 1918 1715 27th SPAD XIII Fokker D.VII Apremont
6 06 Oct 1918 1550 27th SPAD XIII Fokker D.VII 2 Cuissy

1 Shared with Lt R V Nevius
2 Shared with Lt Donald Hudson, Lt E W Hewitt
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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