|Phillips Exeter Academy - Class of 1907 Yearbook|
World War One was the first war that used aircraft for combat. The planes were open cockpit with no armor. A combat pilot had an average life expectancy of 40 to 60 hours airtime before being killed. Oliver was deemed to be one of the most skilled in his unit.
He was shot down by a German fighter pilot in Belgium near the front line on August 14, 1917 while on patrol. He was twenty nine years old. He was survived by his parents and his sister, Frances who married his Harvard roommate, James B. Long. He was also a cousin of Congressman John Jacobs Rogers.
|Source: Library of Congress|
Sarcophagi for Oliver Moulton Chadwick at Lafayette Escadrille Memorial Cemetery in France
Listing on the Lafayette Escadrille Memorial in Marnes-la-Coquette, France
He was awarded the Croix de Guerre with silver star June 7, 1919, also awarded war medal by Aero Club of America in recognition of valor and distinguished service January 1918, Camp Chadwick, a Boy Scout camp in Dunstable was named for him and a centotaph in the Exeter Cemetery in Exeter, NH. Camp Wah-Tut-Ca in Northwood, NH also has remembrances of him. His papers are held with the Exeter, NH Historical Society.
Please remember this brave airman who gave it all. Lowell thanks you.