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Chess E.W.

Name:
E.W. Chess
Rank:
First Lieutenant
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Unit:
Kościuszko Squadron
Date of Death:
1962-12-27
State:
Texas
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Decoration:
Poland's Virtuti Militari
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Born in El Paso, Texas on 25 October 1898. He left El Paso High School and emigrated to Toronto, Canada to enlist in the Royal Flying Corps when WWI started. Youngest American pilot to join the Kosciusko Squadron in Poland for the Polish-Soviet War from 1919-1920. Chess suggested the insignia that now represents the Kosciusko Squadron. It was first sketched on a menu of the Hotel George in Lwów. During the 1920's Chess returned to El Paso and worked as an advertising manager with the El Paso Times. He wrote several short stories and novelettes which were published between 1929 and 1932. In 1941 his first and only novel, Walk Away From 'Em, was published by Coward-McCann. During WWII Chess servd in "A" Troop Carrier Group of the Ninth Air Force. Chess died in El Paso, Texas at the age of 63