Bellows, Franklin Barney, 2nd Lt

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Last Rank
Second Lieutenant
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
1511-Air Operations Staff Officer, Navigator-Observer
Last AFSC Group
Air Operations
Primary Unit
1918-1918, 1511, 50th Aero Squadron­
Service Years
1917 - 1918
USAAFOfficer Collar Insignia
Second Lieutenant

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Evanston, Illinois
Last Address
Bicqueley Aerodrome, Lorraine, France

Casualty Date
Sep 13, 1918
Hostile, Died of Wounds
Gun, Small Arms Fire
World War I
Location of Interment
American Cemetery - St. Mihiel, France
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Plot B Row 23 Grave 5

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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
US Army (USA)Aviation Section, Signal CorpsUnited States Army Air Service50th Aero Squadron­
  1917-1917, US Army (USA)
  1917-1918, Aviation Section, Signal Corps
  1918-1918, United States Army Air Service
  1918-1918, 1511, 50th Aero Squadron­
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1918-1918 World War I/St. Mihiel Campaign
 Colleges Attended 
Northwestern UniversityUniversity of Texas at Austin
  1913-1917, Northwestern University
  1917-1918, University of Texas at Austin
 My Aircraft/Missiles
DH-4 Bomber  
  1918-1918, DH-4 Bomber
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
He was mortally wounded by enemy ground fire while on an observation mission behind German lines with his pilot, 2nd Lt David C. Beebe, both of the 50th Aero Squadron. He died soon after the pilot landed the plane behind friendly lines. Lt Beebe apparently survived the incident. Both men were awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for their actions.
In 1933 Waimanalo Military Reservation, Oahu, Hawaii was renamed Bellows Field in his honor. Today it is Bellows AFS and is primarily used as a recreation center and a USMC training area.

His DSC citation:
Awarded for actions during World War I
The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Second Lieutenant (Air Service) Franklin B. Bellows, United States Army Air Service, for extraordinary heroism in action while serving with 50th Aero Squadron, U.S. Army Air Service, A.E.F., near St. Mihiel, France, 13 September 1918. Second Lieutenant Bellows, with Second Lieutenant David C. Beebe, pilot, executed a reconnaissance mission early in the morning of the second day of the St. Mihiel offensive in spite of low clouds, high winds, and mist, flying at an altitude of only 300 meters, and without protection of accompanying battle planes. Although subjected to severe fire from ground batteries, they penetrated 8 kilometers beyond the German lines. Lieutenant Beebe's motor was badly damaged, and Lieutenant Bellows was mortally wounded and died just after the disabled machine landed safely in friendly territory.
General Orders: War Department, General Orders No. 124 (1918)

Action Date: September 13, 1918

Service: Army Air Forces

Rank: Second Lieutenant

Company: 50th Aero Squadron

Division: American Expeditionary Forces

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