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Name: Lloyd Andrews Hamilton
Distinguished Service Cross (DSC - United States)
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC)
Lloyd Hamilton
Country: United States
Rank: First Lieutenant
Services: United States Air Service
Units: 3 (RAF)
17th Aero (USAS)
Victories: 10
Born: 13 June 1894
Place of Birth: Troy, New York, USA
Died: 24 August 1918 Killed In Action
Place of Death: Near Lagnicourt, France
Cemetery: Bomy, France
The son of the Rev. John A. and Jennie B. (Andrews) Hamilton, Lloyd Andrews Hamilton was a brilliant student and received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in 1916, magna cum laude, from Syracuse University. He was fatally wounded by ground fire after shooting down a balloon near Lagnicourt. Hamilton Field at Novato, California was named in honor of Lieutenant Hamilton in 1932.
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC)
On 13 August 1918, Lt. Hamilton led his flight on a special mission against Varssenaere aerodrome. He dropped four bombs from 200 feet on some aeroplane hangars, making two direct hits and causing a large amount of damage. He then machine gunned the German officers' billets and made four circuits of the aerodrome, shooting up various targets. On the first circuit, he destroyed one EA on the ground which burst into flames when he shot it up. On the third circuit he repeated this performance, setting afire another Fokker biplane. His dash and skill very materially helped in the success of the operation. In addition this officer destroyed a Fokker biplane over Armentières on 7 August 1918. On 12 July he brought down two EA in flames and on two other occasions has driven down out of control enemy machines. He is an excellent patrol leader.
DFC citation
Distinguished Service Cross (DSC)
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Lloyd A. Hamilton, First Lieutenant (Air Service), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action at Varssenaere, Belgium, August 13, 1918. Leading a low bombing attack on a German aerodrome, 30 miles behind the line, Lieutenant Hamilton destroyed the hangars on the north side of the aerodrome and then attacked a row of enemy machines, flying as low as 20 feet from the ground despite intense machine-gun fire, and setting fire to three of the German planes. He then turned and fired bursts through the windows of the chateau in which the German pilots were quartered, 26 of whom were afterwards reported killed.
General Orders No. 20, W.D., 1919
Date Time Unit Aircraft Opponent Location
1 11 Apr 1918 1600 3 Sopwith Camel LVG C (DES) 1 Ervillers
2 12 Apr 1918 1200 3 Sopwith Camel (D6519) Albatros D.V (DES) Ovillers
3 18 May 1918 0800 3 Sopwith Camel (D6519) Albatros C (OOC) 2 57C S17
4 27 May 1918 1240 3 Sopwith Camel Albatros C (OOC) 3 57D R32
5 03 Jun 1918 2030 3 Sopwith Camel (C1631) Albatros D.V (OOC) Adinfer Wood
6 07 Aug 1918 1120 17th Sopwith Camel (D9399) Fokker D.VII Armentières
7 14 Aug 1918 1130 17th Sopwith Camel (D1940) Fokker D.VII 4 SW of Bruges
8 21 Aug 1918 1255 17th Sopwith Camel (D1940) Fokker D.VII Beugny-Beaumetz
9 21 Aug 1918 1845 17th Sopwith Camel (D1940) Balloon 5 57C H17
10 24 Aug 1918 1415 17th Sopwith Camel (D1940) Balloon 6 Lagnicourt

1 Shared with Capt Douglas Bell, Lt C E Mayer, Lt Adrian Franklyn
2 Shared with Lt William Tipton, Lt Macklin
3 Shared with Capt Douglas Bell, Lt Will Hubbard
4 Shared with Lt Robert Todd, Lt J F Campbell, Lt G F Baker
5 Shared with Lt Robert Todd
6 Shared with Lt J F Campbell
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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