- Second World War (1939-1945)
- 1st Lieutenant
- 135th Aero Squadron, American Expeditionary Force
"The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star to First Lieutenant William E. Lynd (ASN: 0-5156), United States Army Air Service, for gallantry in action while serving with the 135th Aero Squadron, American Expeditionary Forces, over Essey, France, 25 August 1918. Lieutenant Lynd with Lieutenant Walter M. Jagoe, pilot, while on a mission to photograph the enemy line from Montsee to Vie-ville-en-Haye, with two protection planes, was pursued by an enemy formation of seven pursuit planes. One of the protection planes was seen to be in difficulty, the controls being damaged and the observer being seriously wounded. Going to the assistance of this plane, Lieutenant Lynd and his pilot succeeded in driving off the enemy, although the injured plane crashed behind our lines. His mission not being completed, Lieutenant Lynd returned to the field, secured new photographic plates, and with the one protection plane again endeavored to fulfill his mission. On arriving over the lines he was met by an enemy patrol of five pursuit planes and driven back over the allied lines three times. When not having sufficient gas to continue, he was forced to return. Securing another plane and pilot, Lieutenant Lynd endeavored the third time to complete his mission, but after attaining the necessary altitude, it was too late in the day to properly photograph the terrain."