CAPTAIN JACQUES SWAAB 22ND AERO SQUADRON DSC, 2X SILVER STARS AND PURPLE HEART. RECOMMENDED AND APPROVED FOR THE AWARD OF THE MEDAL OF HONOR.
Of American pilots serving exclusively with the US squadrons, Jacques Swaab was the 3rd highest scoring Ace of WW1. The two higher scoring were the Rickenbacker with 26, flying from March 1918 and the remarkable Frank Luke with 18 from July 1918. Swaab first saw action in September 1918 and spent several weeks in hospital after being wounded, had 10 confirmed and a further up to 7 unconfirmed in just 65 hours in the air! one of, if not the highest of any Nation for hours flown to victories . The first 3 victories scored on his first flight over the front during an epic encounter in which he was seriously wounded, passed out and crashed his aircraft.
This is a large group and has a huge file of research, as such I have two pdf’s to view, one with pics, the other details of the group and Swaab himself.
A really outstanding and important group that would be hard to better as far as WW1 US aces is concerned.