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Formed on June 2nd 1917, the 12th Aero Squadron became the foremost observation squadron in the American Air Service. Together, these courageous men earned sixteen Distinguished Service Crosses, fifteen Silver Stars, and shot down five enemy aircraft over the course of seven campaigns.

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Biographies (Draft)

Squadron Roster


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Capt. Leo G. Heffernan

2 June 1917 

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Capt. George F. Hughes 

18 October 1917 


Maj Harry Brown

28 January 1918

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Lt. Col Lewis Hyde Brereton

29 March 1918

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Capt Stephen Henly Noyes

1 July 1918


Capt Robert Paradise

25 October 1918

Notable Members


At age 47 "Pop" was the oldest member in the U.S. Air Service.

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