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The Long Chase
First Lieutenant Charles Rudolph D'Olive, credited with five aerial victories, he was the last World War I aviator to be declared an ace with two of his victories being confirmed in 1963.Although born in Alabama, D'Olive later lived in Cedar Falls, Iowa. He enlisted into aviation service in Memphis during Bloody April 1917.
Charles Rudolph D’Olive DSC - Spad Xlll
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He trained in France, and was posted to the 93d Aero Squadron on 23 August 1918 as a Spad XIII pilot. He scored the new unit's first victory on 12 September. The following day, he shot down three Fokker D.VIIs, two in conjunction with George W. Furlow; it was this exploit that earned D’Olive the Distinguished Service Cross. He scored once more, on 18 October 1918. He survived the war and returned home where he died on 20 July 1974.