Luke, Frank


US Official Pictures of the World War (WWI), Washington DC, 1920

Lt Frank Luke

"Wild Luke" our second ace, with a record of bringing down fourteen observation balloons and four planes. Lt Frank Luke, 27th Aero Squadron, near Murvaux, France, Sept 29, 1918, started on a patrol after German observation ballons. "Though pursued by eight German planes which were protecting the enemy balloon line, he unhesitatingly attacked and shot down in flames three German balloons being himself under heavy fire from ground batteries and hostile planes. Severely wounded, he descended to within fifty meters of the ground, and, flying at this low altitude near the town of Murvaux, opened fire on the enemy troops, killing six and wounding as many more. Forced to make a landing, and surrounded on all sides by the enemy, who called upon him to surrendeer, he drew his automatic pistol and defended himself gallantly until he fell dead from a wound to his chest."

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