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Name: Andre Emile Alfons de Meulemeester
Chevalier of the Order of Leopold II with Palm
Croix de Guerre with Palm
Croix de Guerre with Palm
Silver Medal for Military Valor [Italy]
Andre de Meulemeester
Country: Belgium
Rank: Lieutenant
Units: 1ère, 9me
Victories: 11
Born: 28 December 1894
Place of Birth: Bruges
Died: 07 March 1973
Place of Death: Bruges
 
 
"The Eagle of Flanders" joined the Belgian Air Service on 26 January 1915 and was posted to 1ère Escadrille de Chasse on 8 April 1917. Sharing an unconfirmed victory with another pilot on 18 October 1917, de Meulemeester is believed to have downed Xavier Dannhuber's Albatros near Tervaete. Flying the Nieuport 17, de Meulemeester was credited with six victories before his unit was re-equipped with the Hanriot HD.1. In the spring of 1918, he was joined 9me, scoring four more victories by the end of the war. During 511 sorties, de Meulemeester engaged the enemy in aerial combat 185 times, was wounded in action twice and was attacked by British D.H.4s on two occasions. In 1919, de Meulemeester left the army, gave up flying and went to work in his family's brewery business.
 
Victories
Date Time Unit Aircraft Opponent Location
  01 Feb 1917 1515 1ère Nieuport Rumpler C (FTL) Lombartzyde
1 30 Apr 1917 0900 -1115 1ère Nieuport C (DES) Leke
  02 May 1917 0710 1ère Nieuport C (FTL) Schoore
2 12 Jun 1917 1540 1ère Nieuport C (DES) Vladsloo
  15 Jun 1917 1115 1ère Nieuport D (DES) Keyem
3 10 Jul 1917 2000 1ère Nieuport C (DES) Ramscapelle
4 20 Jul 1917 0620 1ère Nieuport C (DES) Yser River
  23 Jul 1917 1550 1ère Nieuport D (OOC) Kortewilde
  05 Aug 1917 1600-1630 1ère Nieuport D (OOC) S of Dixmude
5 21 Aug 1917 1ère Nieuport Albatros C (DES) Yser Front
  30 Sep 1917 1040 1ère Nieuport C (FTL)  
  01 Oct 1917 1545 1ère Nieuport C (OOC)  
  18 Oct 1917 0915 1ère Nieuport Albatros (OOC) Tervaete
  28 Oct 1917 1545 1ère Nieuport D (OOC)  
6 04 Nov 1917 0745 1ère Nieuport Albatros D.III (DES) Kloosterhoek
  17 Nov 1917 1130-1135 1ère Hanriot HD.1 Albatros (OOC) Leke
  16 Feb 1918 1104 1ère Hanriot HD.1 C (OOC) Pervyse
  21 Feb 1918 0850 1ère Hanriot HD.1 C (OOC) Clercken
7 21 Feb 1918 1450 1ère Hanriot HD.1 Albatros D.V (DES) 1 Dixmude
8 17 Mar 1918 1100 9me Hanriot HD.1 C (DES) Dixmude
  26 Mar 1918 1700 9me Hanriot HD.1 Pfalz D.III (CAP) Dixmude
  11 Apr 1918 1815 9me Hanriot HD.1 C (OOC) Schoore
9 03 May 1918 1135 9me Hanriot HD.1 C (DES) Schoorbakke
  09 May 1918 1315 9me Hanriot HD.1 C (OOC) Fort Knocke
10 17 May 1918 1030 9me Hanriot HD.1 C (DES) Houthulst
  25 Aug 1918 0930 9me Hanriot HD.1 C (OOC/FTL) Houthulst
  02 Oct 1918 1825 9me Hanriot HD.1 Halberstadt C (OOC) Beveren/Lys
11 05 Oct 1918 0705 9me Hanriot HD.1 Balloon (DES) Thourout

1 Shared with Harry Symons
 
Books
Above Flanders' Field
by Walter M. Pieters / Hardcover / Grub Street (May 1998)
Above the War Fronts
by Norman L. R. Franks, Russell Guest, Gregory Alegi / Hardcover / Grub Street (September 1997)
 
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