Guest Posted 4 February , 2005 Share Posted 4 February , 2005 Hi, I'm hoping someone may be able to provide some details on the death of our Prescott Arizona hometown hero pilot, 1st Lt. Ernest A. Love in September 1918. According to Alan Roestler and Michael Wurtz, Love was with 'A' Flight of the 147th Pursuit Squadron, 1st Pursuit Group. They were flying operations in support of American ground troops in the St. Miheil offensive. On September 15th he was delayed in taking off with the rest of his squadron. "When he finally took off around 9:30 a.m. in a SPAD airplane, he headed for Verdun, an agreed rendezvous, but never arrived. He apparently was shot down and badly wounded near Tronville and was transported to a German field dressing station set up in a church where he died a couple of days later. " According to a plaque in our airport lobby, he in fact died the very next day, September 16th. Does anybody have any light to shed on the circumstances of this young man's death in captivity or the shootdown on September 15th that preceeded it? German claims that might indicate who was perhaps the victor? Any help will be appreciated. Thanks. Dan Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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