Rare WWI Photo of Lt Robert Opie Lindsay 139th Aero Sq 6 Kill Ace DSC Awarded for Action on 27/10/18

Rare WWI Photo of Lt Robert Opie Lindsay 139th Aero Sq 6 Kill Ace DSC Awarded for Action on 27/10/18

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ARTIFACT: This is a Rare Period Photograph of Lieutenant Robert Opie Lindsay 139th Aero Squadron 6 Kill Ace DSC Awarded for Action on 27 October 1918. 

War Department, General Orders No. 46 (1919)

The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to First Lieutenant (Air Service) Robert Opie Lindsay, United States Army Air Service, for extraordinary heroism in action while serving with 139th Aero Squadron, 4th Pursuit Group, U.S. Army Air Service, A.E.F., near Bantheville, France, 27 October 1918. In company with two other planes, Lieutenant Lindsay attacked three enemy planes (Fokker type) at an altitude of 3,000 meters, and after a sharp fight brought down one of them. While engaged with the two remaining machines, eight more planes (Fokker type) came at him from straight ahead. He flew straight through their formation, gained an advantageous position, and brought down another plane before he withdrew from the combat.

The Distinguished Service Cross (DSC) is the United States Army's second highest military decoration for soldiers who display extraordinary heroism in combat with an armed enemy force. (and previously, the United States Army Air Forces).

Lieutenant (later Colonel) Robert Opie Lindsay (25 December 1894 - 1 August 1952) was a World War I fighter ace credited with six aerial victories in the closing days of the war. He returned to duty during World War II; at one point he commanded Fort Sill, Oklahoma.

139th Aero Squadron
139th Aero Squadron
139th Aero Squadron - Belrain - Nov 1918.jpg
139th Aero Squadron, Souilly Aerodrome, France, November 1918
Active 21 September 1917-17 June 1919
Country United States
Branch US Army Air Roundel. svg  Air Service, United States Army
Type Squadron
Role Pursuit
Part of American Expeditionary Forces (AEF)
Fuselage Code "Flying Mercury"
Engagements World War I War Service Streamer without inscription.png
World War I
commanders Lt. David E. Putnam (Acting)
Maj. Lawrence C. Angstrom
139th Aero Squadron Emblem 139th Aero Squadron - Emblem.jpg
Aircraft flown
Fighter Nieuport 28, 1918
SPAD VII, 1918
SPAD XIII, 1918-1919
Trainer Curtiss JN-4, 1917
Service record
Operations 2d Pursuit Group
Western Front, France: 12 June-11 November 1918
34 Aircraft
0 Balloons
7 Aces

Lt. Harold H. George, 5 
Lt. Edward M. Haight, 5 
Lt. Robert O. Lindsay, 6 
Lt. Joseph S. Owens, 5 
Capt. David E. Putnam, 4 
* Putnam had a total of 13 aerial victories, 4 of which were shared, and also 13 probables. 9 of his victories were while he was serving with MS156 and Spa38 of the French Air Service before joining the 139th A.S.
Lt. Wendel A. Robertson, 7
Lt. Karl Schoen, Jr., 7 
The 139th Aero Squadron was a Air Service, United States Army unit that fought on the Western Front during World War I.

The squadron was assigned as a Day Pursuit (Fighter) Squadron as part of the 2d Pursuit Group, First United States Army. Its mission was to engage and clear enemy aircraft from the skies and provide escort to reconnaissance and bombardment squadrons over enemy territory. It also attacked enemy observation balloons, and perform close air support and tactical bombing attacks of enemy forces along the front lines. The squadron was very successful in combat, having half a dozen Air Aces including David Putnam, Karl Schoen, Robert Opie Lindsay, and future Brigadier General Harold H. George.

VINTAGE: World War I.

SIZE: Approximately 5-15/16" in height x 3-15/16" in width.

MATERIALS / CONSTRUCTION: Photographic paper, ink.



ITEM NOTES: This is from a United States World War I Era collection which we will be listing more of over the next few months. CON-RLB-03/30/23  LGIEX03/29/23 SGIEX04/16/23

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