Billy Mitchell

1879 - 1936

Billy Mitchell

William Lendrum Mitchell (December 29, 1879 – February 19, 1936) was a United States Army general who is regarded as the father of the United States Air Force.Mitchell served in France during World War I and, by the conflict's end, commanded all American air combat units in that country. After the war, he was appointed deputy director of the Air Service and began advocating increased investment in air power, believing that this would prove vital in future wars. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Billy Mitchell has received more than 1,482,141 page views. His biography is available in 16 different languages on Wikipedia making him the 1,148th most popular military personnel.

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Among military personnels, Billy Mitchell ranks 1,150 out of 1,194Before him are A. P. Hill, John C. Pemberton, Henry Halleck, Irvin McDowell, Miles Dempsey, and John Abizaid. After him are Timothy Laurence, Joseph Dunford, Martin Dempsey, Reginald Dyer, Don Carlos Buell, and Chesty Puller.

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Among people born in 1879, Billy Mitchell ranks 137Before him are Robert Daniel Carmichael, Sara Allgood, Lois Weber, Magnús Guðmundsson, Royal Harwood Frost, and Max Aitken, 1st Baron Beaverbrook. After him are Ethel Thomson Larcombe, Björn Þórðarson, Lewis Stone, Vilhjalmur Stefansson, Bob Crompton, and Lucile Watson. Among people deceased in 1936, Billy Mitchell ranks 128Before him are Henry B. Walthall, A. E. Housman, J. Slauerhoff, Marilyn Miller, Vladimir Bogoraz, and Alice Davenport. After him is Marmaduke Pickthall.

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In France

Among people born in France, Billy Mitchell ranks 3,275 out of 4,109Before him are Natalie Dessay (1965), Sebastian Roché (1964), Cyril Raffaelli (1974), Abou Diaby (1986), Jean-Louis Debré (1944), and Rachid Bouchareb (1953). After him are Emmanuelle Charpentier (1968), Olivier Grouillard (1958), Ludivine Sagnier (1979), Guy Drut (1950), Sébastien Bourdais (1979), and Julian Alaphilippe (1992).


Among military personnels born in France, Billy Mitchell ranks 106Before him are François Perrier (null), Violette Szabo (1921), Charles Mangin (1866), Louis Faidherbe (1818), Alan Brooke, 1st Viscount Alanbrooke (1883), and Charles Leclerc (1772).

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