Frank Luke

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Birthday
19, 1897
Birthplace
Phoenix, AZ
Death Date
Sep 29, 1918 (21)
Birth Sign
Taurus
Birthday
19, 1897
Birthplace
Phoenix, AZ
Death Date
Sep 29, 1918 (21)

About

World War I hero who earned the Medal of Honor for his ability to shoot down heavily-protected German observation balloons.

Before Fame

He enrolled in Army flight training, graduated in January of 1918, and immediately shipped off for France.

Trivia

He was nicknamed "Balloon Buster"; during a period of seventeen days in September of 1918, he shot down fourteen enemy balloons and four airplanes.

Family Life

He grew up in Phoenix, Arizona, as one of nine children born to German immigrant parents.

Associated With

He and French national hero Georges Guynemer were both ace pilots of World War I.