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Ken Urie • 1 year ago

This day in history (April 29, 1918): Captain Eddie Rickenbacker, the leading US ace of WWI, shot down his first airplane. Fast Eddie's first love was fast cars, and only made the switch from racing to aviation after repairing a car carrying Col Billy Mitchell. Rickenbacker downed 26 enemy aircraft in the European Theatre and was named Commander of the 94th "Hat in the Ring" Squadron. He was awarded the Medal of Honor in 1931 by President Herbert Hoover.

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Ace Eddie Rickenbacker with his SPAD ...

French born American Major Raoul Lufbery, standing by his Spad S.VII of 'Escadrille de Lafayette'. He was shot down over French lines on the 18th May 1918. (Captain Eddie Rickenbacker, said of Lufbery: "Everything I learned, I learned from Lufbery.")

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