Bleckley, Erwin R

Bleckley, Erwin R

2d Lt. Bleckley, with his pilot, 1st Lt. Harold E. Goettler, Air Service, left the airdrome late in the afternoon on their second trip to drop supplies to a battalion of the 77th Division, which had been cut off by the enemy in the Argonne Forest. Having been subjected on the first trip to violent fire from the enemy, they attempted on the second trip to come still lower in order to get the packages even more precisely on the designated spot. In the course of his mission the plane was brought down by enemy rifle and machinegun fire from the ground, resulting in fatal wounds to 2d Lt. Bleckley, who died before he could be taken to a hospital. In attempting and performing this mission 2d Lt. Bleckley showed the highest possible contempt of personal danger, devotion to duty, courage, and valor.

Place of Birth KS See More >
Birth Date Dec 30, 1894
Service Branch U.S. Army See More >
Division 50th Aero Squadron, 130th Field Artillery, Air Service
Conflict World War I See More >
Date Of Action Oct 06, 1918
Location and Details Near Binarville, France
Accredited To KS See More >