Edward V. Rickenbacker
Tara Carpio and|
Newnan High School
Newnan, Georgia USA
Teacher: Stephen Quesinberry
Adv. World History, 10th grade
- Born Edward Vernon Rickenbacker in Columbus, Ohio, 1890.
- Eddie, as he was known, was a successful race car driver before WWI,
and at one time had proposed to form a flying squadron made up
entirely of racing drivers.
- In May, 1917 he sailed to France as part of the AEF, where he
became the staff driver of General Pershing himself, because of his
knowledge of auto mechanics.
- He eventually transfered, and in March 1918, joined the 94th Aero
Pursuit Squadron, the famous "Hat in the Ring" squadron, so called
because of their insignia.
- Rickenbacker initially had a terrible problem with airsickness.
- Two months before the end of the war, Rickebacker was named
commanding officer of the 94th. He had acheived 26 victories (22
aircraft and 4 balloons) and had received the title "American Ace
- Rickenbacker received the Congressional Medal of Honor for
attacking a formation of 5 German planes, downing 2 and chasing the
others away. He also received the Distinguished Service Cross, and
the French Croix de Guerre.
- On his return home, he went back into the automobile business by
working for GM, and eventually came to control Eastern Airlines.
"The exploits fo Captain Eddie Rickenbacker will live forever in
the annals of America's great heroes."
J. Edgar Hoover
- "I can see that aerial warfare is actually scientific murder."
- Eddie Rickenbacker
- "In addition to leading my flight on routine patrols, I emulated
Lufbery's example and flew my own lone-wolf missions onver the
lines. He always said that it was impossible to shoot down German
planes sitting in the billet with you feet before the fire. I
heeded this advice so well that I had more hours in the air than
any other American flier."
- Eddie Rickenbacker
- "Eddie exemplifies those qualities which made America great:
courage, integrity, intelligence, humanity, spirituality and
patriotism; together with the ability to plan ahead and then a
willingness to work hard-and sacrifice-to achieve and prevail."
- General Jimmy Doolittle