May 19, 1897, Phoenix, Arizona
Died: September 29, 1918 (age 21), Killed in Action near
Frank Luke Jr. was an American fighter ace, ranking second among
U.S. Air Service pilots to Eddie Rickenbacker in number of aerial
victories during World War I. Frank Luke is a recipient of the Medal of
What do you know about Frank Luke? SPAD your way with this quick
1. Following America's entry into World War I, he enlisted in the
U.S. Signal Corps. What was the date?
- September 25, 1916
- September 25, 1917
- September 25, 1918
2. Luke received flight training in Texas and California. He was
commissioned a Second Lieutenant, in March and was sent to France for
further training. In July, he was assigned to his squadron. What
squadron did he fly in?
- 27th Aero Squadron
- 1st Air Squadron
- 15th Fighter Squad
3. Luke's squadron was under standing orders to destroy German
observation balloons, and Luke, partnered with Lt. Joseph Frank Wehner,
was willing to take on the remarkably hazardous targets.
4. They began a remarkable string of victories, Luke attacking
balloons and Wehner flying protective cover, but Wehner was killed in
action. When was Wehner killed in action?
- July 4, 1918
- August 15, 1918
- September 18, 1918
5. Between September 12 and September 29, Luke was credited with
shooting down 14 German balloons and four airplanes.
6. On September 29, how many balloons did Luke shot down?
7. Wounded in the shoulder by antiaircraft fire, he landed in
German-held territory in the small village of Murvaux, next to a stream
that led to the Meuse River. What was the yard he landed in?
- Town Hall
- Farm field
8. Forced to make a landing and surrounded on all sides by the enemy,
who called upon him to surrender, he drew his automatic pistol and
defended himself gallantly until he fell dead from a wound in the chest.
What was his pistol?
- Colt 45
- Colt 1889
- Colt 1911
9. He was awarded a posthumous Medal of Honor after his body was
identified and statements from the village people had been collected
confirming his heroism. When was he awarded the Medal of Honor?
10. He was buried nearby by French villagers. Where was he buried
after the war?
- Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery and Memorial, Romagne, France
- Linn Park Crematorium, Glasgow, Scotland
- Oakwood Cemetery, Fort Worth, Tarrant County, Texas