Lieutenant Colonel Townsend Griffiss, aide to Major General James E Chaney, was killed when the aircraft in which he was a passenger was mistakenly shot down. He was the first US airman to die in the line of duty in Europe after the USA entered the war. Griffiss is commemorated on the Tablets of the Missing at Cambridge American Cemetery.
The 8th Air Force base at Bushy Park was named Camp Griffiss in his honor.
Read a BBC article about Griffiss' life here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-17011105
Military | Major General | Special Army Observer, Theatre Commander
James E Chaney was a Military Officer he served with the Army until 1917, when he was detailed to the US Air Service to act as Chief of Air Service for the American Expeditionary Force during the First World War.
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8th Air Force Headquarters opened in London under the command of General Carl A Spaatz on 19 June 1942. It oversaw all Commands, Wings and Groups engaged in the Strategic Bombing Campaign until February 1944, when it became US Strategic Air Forces in...
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Named Camp Griffiss after Colonel Townsend Griffiss, the first US casualty of the war, killed when his aircraft was downed by friendly fire.
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Shot down over the Channel