On February 5, 1918, Lt. Stephen W. Thompson becomes the first American to earn an aerial victory while substituting as a gunner with a French squadron during World War I. He shot down a German Albatross D. III over Saarbrucken.
The Dayton, Ohio native went to observe a French bombing squardon since his American squadron had not started flying missions yet. A French observer became ill and Lt. Thompson filled in. Because of the unique nature of the aerial victory Lt. Thompson was not credited with it until 1967.
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