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Name: Robert Miles Todd
Robert Todd
Country: United States
Rank: Lieutenant
Service: United States Air Service
Units: 17th Aero
Victories: 5
Born: 24 June 1897
Place of Birth: Cincinnati, Ohio, USA
Died: 20 January 1988
Place of Death: La Jolla, California, USA
Robert Miles Todd of Madisonville, Ohio attended the University of Cincinnati and Ohio State University. Before he joined the Signal Enlisted Reserve Corps on 6 August 1917, he raised almost $200,000 as a Liberty Bond saleman. After training in Texas and Canada, he served with the 17th Aero Squadron in France. In a melee with members of Jagdgeschwader 3, Todd and six other Sopwith Camel pilots were shot down on 26 August 1918. Todd survived but was captured and spent four months in a German prisoner of war camp. During World War II he returned to active duty and served in England but did not fly. In 1981 he was one of 30 aces honored by France for their contribution to the war effort during the Great War.
The Cincinatti Post, Cincinatti, Ohio, Tuesday, 24 September 1918, page 10
The Cincinatti Post, Cincinatti, Ohio, Thursday, 26 September 1918, page 13
Date Time Unit Aircraft Opponent Location
1 01 Aug 1918 0900 17th Sopwith Camel Fokker DR.I (DES) Provin
2 14 Aug 1918 1130 17th Sopwith Camel Fokker D.VII (DES) 1 SW of Bruges
3 21 Aug 1918 1845 17th Sopwith Camel Balloon (DES) 2 57C H17
4 22 Aug 1918 1000 17th Sopwith Camel Fokker D.VII (DES) 57C H32
5 26 Aug 1918 1700 17th Sopwith Camel Fokker D.VII (DES) Bapaume-Queant

1 Shared with Lt Lloyd Hamilton, Lt J F Campbell
2 Shared with Lt Lloyd Hamilton
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)
Sopwith Camel Fighter Ace
Robert Todd / Hardcover / Fall Church, VA: AJAY Enterprises, 1978
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