Fredrick Libby

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty PB00068179

Frederick Libby was born in Sterling, Colorado back in 1891.  Not much is known about his early childhood, but he was roping pronghorn at the age of ten.  In 1904, he moved to the Indian Territory to work as a horse broker.  In 1910, he moved to Phoenix, Arizona working as a cowboy.

He was living in Canada when WWI started working as a chauffeur.  He enlisted in the Canadian Army in 1915, assigned to the motor transport division for the Canadian Expeditionary Force.  he served in France before he volunteered to join the Royal Flying Corps, becoming an observer with the 23rd Squadron.  On his first day of training it was machine gun practice in the morning, and flight status that afternoon.  On his very first combat mission which was on his birthday he scored his first victory.  Back then the observed was in the front and the pilot behind him.  He died in 1970, he was 78.

What you may not know about Captain Libby is that he was the first American flying ace of WWI.  He also served in the United States Army Air Corp.

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Comments (22)

Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello James - Frederick definitely had an adventurous spirit.  He seemed to have live a full life.  

May 29, 2021 04:37 AM
Brian England
Vacasa - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Hmm, the name sounds familiar to me, but I did not know much about him until reading your post.

May 29, 2021 05:06 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

You got that right, James... I had no idea! I wonder why this name is so unknown.

May 29, 2021 05:11 AM
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

From the front seat to the back seat, he made some interesting choices.

Make yourself an astonishing day.

May 29, 2021 05:17 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Hi James - we should know more about him.  We know plenty about the Red Baron.

May 29, 2021 05:21 AM
faye schubert
Branson, MO
Living the Branson Lake Life

He certainly had a lot of diverse experiences in his life!

May 29, 2021 05:40 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. You did not want to get in Frederick's crosshairs because if you di you were going down. Enjoy your day!

May 29, 2021 05:43 AM
Bill Salvatore - YVP Blog
Arizona Elite Properties - Chandler, AZ
Realtor - Valley of the Sun /


fredrick sounded like an aventurous man. Hope you have a fantastic Memorial Day Weekend.  Let's not forget, Monday is all ablout our fallen Soldiers.  God Bless the USA.  Bill Salvatore

May 29, 2021 05:53 AM
Kevin J. May
Florida Supreme Realty - Hobe Sound, FL
Serving the Treasure & Paradise Coasts of Florida

It took enough guts just to fly in those early days let alone be a gunner in a wood & canvas flying contraption. If you made it back to base that was a good day James.

May 29, 2021 07:13 AM
Rocky Dickerson
Realty One Group - Las Vegas, NV
Superior Service!

Good morning James! That is quite a biography your published today. Thank you

May 29, 2021 07:18 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello James to rope a prohorn is hard to believe, they are so fast.  He sure got around and was talented.


May 29, 2021 07:36 AM
Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty
Waves Realty - Melbourne, FL
Florida Space Coast Homes

Another amazing life from a person who was a true American hero! Great post.

May 29, 2021 09:04 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


Another flying ace!  How brave these men were to fly in those airplanes.  Wishing you a wonderful Memorial Day weekend.  A

May 29, 2021 10:14 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi James:

Yet another achiever unknown to me, but what bravery! Have a terrific weekend!


May 29, 2021 11:01 AM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

James indeed there should be more information about CPT Libby, on a side note loved Grant Schneider  comment, he is spot on, Endre

May 29, 2021 11:48 AM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi James Dray - I can't imagine the courage it takes to fly combat missions. 

May 29, 2021 01:56 PM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi James- what an incredibly interesting person!!!  

May 29, 2021 04:32 PM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor

I'd love to know more about Frederick James Dray . What kind of aircraft was he in ? What kind of weapon did he fire? What kind of aircraft did he bring down? Where did all this take place?

May 29, 2021 07:04 PM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, EXP - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Hi James,  Thank you for sharing another history lesson.  The story of Fredrick Libby is definitely an interesting one.

May 29, 2021 07:56 PM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

Thank you for sharing the first flying ace of WW1 with us James Dray 

May 29, 2021 08:18 PM