Charles Raymond Blake – Lieutenant Colonel, United States Army Air Service

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BLAKE, CHARLES RAYMOND
First Lieutenant, U.S. Army
Home: Westerly, Rhode Island
Pilot, 7th Aviation Instruction Center, French Army (Attached)
Date of Action: August 9, 1918
General Orders No. 20, W.D., 1919

Citation:

The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Charles Raymond Blake, First Lieutenant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Lassigny, France, August 9, 1918.

Lieutenant Blake with Second Lieutenant Earle W. Porter, observer, while on a reconnaissance expedition at a low altitude far beyond the enemy lines, was attacked by five German battle planes. His observer was wounded at the beginning of the combat, but he maneuvered his plane so skillfully that the observer was able to shoot down one of their adversaries. By more skillful maneuvering he enabled his observer to fight off the remaining planes and returned safely to friendly territory.


BLAKE, CHARLES RAYMOND
United States Air Force
DATE OF BIRTH: 11/07/1897
DATE OF DEATH: 05/09/1958
BURIED AT: SECTION 2  SITE 4872-A
ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY

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