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Lt. Fred Norton

DAYTON, Ohio - Lt. Fred Norton's flying jacket on display in the Early Years Gallery at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)

DAYTON, Ohio - Lt. Fred Norton's flying jacket on display in the Early Years Gallery at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)

Lt. Fred Norton of Columbus, Ohio, was a pilot in the 27th Aero Squadron. On July 20, 1918, during the Chateau-Thierry campaign, he was severely wounded by ground fire while strafing a column of German troops. Although he was able to land his Nieuport 28 behind Allied lines, it took him two days to get to a hospital in an ambulance because of traffic congestion near the Front. He contracted pneumonia and died on July 23 at a military hospital near Angiers. His last conscious act before he died was to scribble a note to his buddies, "Twenty-seventh, more power to you."

The flying jacket on display was worn by Lt. Norton when he was hit by two bullets from the ground, one through the back and the other through the right sleeve. Also displayed with the jacket are French hospital tags for Lt. Norton after he was severely wounded. 

Items donated by Mr. Ulrich C. Urton, Albuquerque, N.M. 

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