Who's Who - Lloyd Hamilton

Lloyd Hamilton Lloyd Andrews Hamilton (1894-1918) achieved ten victories with the United States Air Service prior to his death in August 1918.

Hamilton, who was born on 13 June 1894 in Troy, New York the son of a Methodist minister, enlisted with the U.S. Air Service with America's entry into the war in April 1917, achieving the rank of First Lieutenant.  He had earlier been educated at Harvard.

Serving first with a British Royal Air Force (RAF) unit (3rd) and then with the U.S.A.S. 17th Aero Hamilton had achieved ten 'kills' - and therefore earned status as an air ace - when he was killed in action on 24 August 1918 near Lagnicourt, brought down by ground fire while attacking a German observation balloon.

The recipient of both the Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC) and the Distinguished Service Cross (DSC), both awarded for a bombing raid upon a German airfield in Varssenaere on 13 August 1918, Hamilton is buried in Bomy, France.

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