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WW1 US Air Service Named 3rd Balloon Squadron Pilot Uniform DSC Winner
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Historically significant, WW1 US Air Service Uniform named to Lt. Lloyd G. Bowers of Birmingham Alabama who was a member of the 3d Balloon Squadron receiving the Distinguished Service Cross or DSC on July 9, 1918. The citation reads as follows: 
CITATION:
The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to First Lieutenant (Air Service) Lloyd G. Bowers, United States Army Air Service, for repeated acts of extraordinary heroism in action while serving with 3d Balloon Squadron, U.S. Army Air Service, A.E.F., near Gironville and Chatel-Chehery, France, August 14 - 29 and 27 October 1918. On August 14 this officer's balloon was attacked by four enemy chase machines and, though urged to jump, he remained at his post and secured information of great value. On August 29 he was attacked by enemy planes using incendiary bullets, but would not leave his post before his balloon caught fire; he insisted at once upon re-ascending, although he knew that the enemy was constantly patrolling the air. On 27 October near Chatel-Chehery, while regulating artillery fire, he was attacked by several enemy planes and his balloon was perforated by incendiary bullets. He remained in the air and carried out his observation. His extreme courage and devotion to duty furnished a splendid example to the officers and men of his command.
The uniform was tailored by The House Of Kuppenheimer on April 17, 1918 about four months before engaging the enemy during the action that he received the DSC. The tunic features a stunning bullion half wing with a theater made ribbon bar with the following medals. DSC,  Croix de Guerre with Palm and the Winged Victory Medal with 5 campaign stars. To the interior pocket is the named label nicely filled out to Lt. Lloyd G. Bowers of the 3rd Balloon Squadron. During the action that he received the DSC for, he was wounded in action and also that is reflected on his uniform on the lower right hand sleeve with a gold bullion wound stripe. On the wearers left lower sleeve are two golden overseas stripes indicating that he served at least 1 year and up to 1 year and 5 months overseas service. The tunic is in exceptional condition and simply has the look! There are a lot of Air Service tunics out there, but darn few of them are named to a DSC balloon pilot! 
Shipping Weight: 4 lbs
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