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Name: Chester Ellis Wright
Distinguished Service Cross (DSC) with Oak Leaf Cluster Chester Wright
Country: United States
Rank: Lieutenant
Service: United States Air Service
Units: 19th Aero, 93rd Aero
Victories: 9
Born: 01 September 1897
Place of Birth: Readville, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Died: 09 August 1933
Place of Death: Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Cemetery: Fairview Cemetery, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
A student at Harvard University (class of 1918), Chester Ellis Wright held all his school's strength records in 1916. He left Harvard in his junior year to join the United States Air Service in March 1917. He sailed for France on 23 November 1917 and after training at Issoudun and Cazaux he was a ferry and test pilot. Assigned to the 93rd Aero Squadron on 29 July 1918, Wright was appointed flight commander and scored 9 victories. He returned to the United States on 13 March 1919 and was discharged from the army on 1 April 1919. He died, age 36, in Boston, Massachusetts following a two year battle with Hodgkin's disease.
The Boston Herald, Boston, Massachusetts, Thursday, 10 August 1933, page 15
Distinguished Service Cross (DSC)
For extraordinary heroism in action near Beffu, France, 10 October 1918. Lt. Wright attacked an enemy observation balloon protected by four enemy planes; despite numerical superiority, he forced the planes to withdraw and destroyed the enemy balloon.
DSC citation
Distinguished Service Cross (DSC) Oak Leaf Cluster
For extraordinary heroism in action near Bantheville, France, 23 October 1918. Lt. Wright, accompanied by one other machine, took on and sent down in flames an enemy plane (Fokker type) that was attacking an Allied plane. He was in turn attacked by three enemy planes. His companion was forced to withdraw on account of motor trouble. Lt. Wright continued the combat and succeeded in bringing down one of the enemy planes and forced the remaining two into their own territory.
DSC Oak Leaf Cluster citation
Date Time Unit Aircraft Opponent Location
1 15 Sep 1918 1815 93rd   Fokker D.VII   1 Charey
2 16 Sep 1918 1320 93rd   Fokker D.VII   1 Chambley
3 10 Oct 1918 1605 93rd   Balloon Beffu
4 18 Oct 1918 1100 93rd   EA Bantheville
5 18 Oct 1918 1530 93rd   Fokker D.VII Landres
6 18 Oct 1918 1530 93rd   Fokker D.VII   2 Landres
7 22 Oct 1918 1155 93rd   Rumpler C   3 Fontaine
8 23 Oct 1918 1040 93rd   Fokker D.VII   4 Andevanne
9 23 Oct 1918 1040 93rd   Fokker D.VII Andevanne

1 Shared with Lt H D Lindsley
2 Shared with Lt L S Harding
3 Shared with Lt H W Follmer, Lt R L Hartman
4 Shared with Lt Leslie Rummell
Franks, Norman. American Aces of World War 1. Oxford: Osprey Publishing Ltd., 2001
Franks, Norman and Frank Bailey. Over the Front: A Complete Record of the Fighter Aces and Units of the United States and French Air Services, 1914-1918. London: Grub Street, 1992
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