SEEK MEDAL OF HONOR FOR AMERICA'S ACE
Washington, Today. — (AP) — As a hero's reward for the flier he considers America's ace of aces, Senator Bingham will ask Congress for a
medal of honor for Major Raoul Lufbery
, noted French - American pilot. Lufbery, although a native of France, called Wallingford, Conn., his home.
And, in recognition of peace-time aviation accomplishment, he will seek a gold medal for Wiley Post and Harold Gatty for their eight day flight around the world.
Lufbery leaped to his death May 19, 1918, near Tours, France, when his craft burst into flames while chasing a German photographic
machine. He was credited unofficially with 36 planes.
A globe trotter and soldier of fortune, Lufbery, transferred from the Foreign Legion to the Lafayette Escadrille to avenge his friend, Marc Pourpe, who was killed in action. When America entered the war, he went to the 94th and 95th Pursuit Squadrons.
Lebanon Daily News - Wednesday, December 2, 1931, page 7