Frank Hunter
Frank Hunter
Frank O'Driscoll Hunter
  • Country: United States
  • Rank: First Lieutenant
  • Service: United States Air Service
  • Units: 94th Aero, 103rd Aero
  • Victories: 9
  • Date Of Birth: December 8, 1894
  • Place of Birth: Savannah, Georgia
  • Date Of Death: June 25, 1982
  • Place of Death: Savannah, Georgia

Hunter joined the United States Air Service in 1917. A SPAD S.XIII pilot, he was assigned to the 94th Pursuit Squadron on May 22, 1918 but four days later, he was transferred to the 103rd Pursuit Squadron. When the war ended, Hunter remained in the army, eventually attaining the rank of Major General and commanding the 8th Air Force Fighter Command in England during World War II. He retired from the United States Army Air Force in 1946.

Distinguished Service Cross (DSC)

"For extraordinary heroism in action in the region of Ypres, Belgium, June 2, 1918. Lt. Hunter, while on patrol, attacked two enemy bi-place planes, destroyed one and forced the other to retire. In the course of the combat, Lt. Hunter as wounded in the forehead. Despite his injuries, he succeeded in returning his damaged plane to his own airdrome." DSC citation

Distinguished Service Cross (DSC) Oak Leaf Cluster

"For extraordinary heroism in action in the region of Champeny, France, September 13, 1918. Lt. Hunter accompanied by one other monoplace plane, attacked an enemy patrol of six planes. Despite the numerical superiority and in a decisive combat he destroyed one enemy plane and with the aid of his companion forced the others within their own lines." DSC Oak Leaf Cluster citation

Distinguished Service Cross (DSC) Oak Leaf Cluster

"For extraordinary heroism in action near Verneville, France, September 17, 1918. Lt. Hunter, leading a patrol of three planes, attacked an enemy formation of eight planes. Although outnumbered, they succeeded in bringing down four of the enemy. Lt. Hunter accounted for two of these." DSC Oak Leaf Cluster citation

Distinguished Service Cross (DSC) Oak Leaf Cluster

"For extraordinary heroism in action in the region of Ligny devant Dun, France, October 4, 1918. Lt. Hunter, while separated from his patrol, observed an Allied patrol of seven planes (Breguets) hard pressed by an enemy formation of 10 planes (Fokker type). He attacked two of the enemy that were harassing a single Breguet and in a decisive fight destroyed one of them; meanwhile, five enemy planes approached and concentrated their fire upon him. Undaunted by their superiority, he attacked and brought down a second plane." DSC Oak Leaf Cluster citation

Distinguished Service Cross (DSC) Oak Leaf Cluster

"For extraordinary heroism in action in the region of Bantheville, France, October 6, 1918. Lt. Hunter, while on patrol, encountered an enemy formation of six monoplace planes. He immediately attacked and destroyed one enemy plane and forced the others to disperse in confusion." DSC Oak Leaf Cluster citation