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Lufbery's Life Adventurous
Lufbery's Life Adventurous
Published by Scott
22 May 2011
Lufbery's Life Adventurous


Major Had Served in Philippines, Egypt and Tripoli.

Special to The New York Times

NEW HAVEN, Conn., May 20.—Major Raoul Lufbery of Wallingford, Conn., was 34 years old. His father, Edward, an American, his mother a native of France. The son had been a veritable soldier of fortune, serving eighteen months with the American Army in the Philippines, later with the French Army in Egypt and Tripoli, and in the French Aviation Corps in 1916. As an airman of the Lafayette Escadrille he brought down six aviators that year and won the Cross of the Legion of Honor, the British Military Medal, and the War Medal of the Aero Club of America. He was commissioned a Major in the United States Army Aviation Branch when the American air service was organized.
Before joining the French Army Lufbery was a factory machinist in Wallingford. In 1909 he started out to see the world, and within two years visited twenty-six different countries. He journeyed from one city to another, saving enough money to go to the next place which interested him.
Major Lufbery leaves, besides his parents, a brother and sister in Wallingford, a sister in Pennsylvania, and three sisters in Boston. On learning of his death Warden John Martin of the Borough of Wallingford ordered the local flags at half-staff for three days and issued on behalf of the borough a journal notice expressing gratitude to the family for the noble services which their son had been privileged to render on behalf of America, the Allies, and the cause of freedom.
Edward Lufbery said this evening that he had been surprised to learn that his son was flying again. Major Lufbery's last letter, received several weeks ago, indicated that he had been called to render General Pershing special service and was not likely to resume active flying immediately. The Lufbery family are prostrated at the news of the death.

The New York Times - May 21, 1918

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