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Name: Edmond Thieffry
Order of Leopold II
Croix de Guerre
Edmond Thieffry
Country: Belgium
Rank: Sous Lieutenant
Units: 4me, 5me
Victories: 10
Born: 28 September 1892
Place of Birth: Etterbeek, Belgium
Died: 11 April 1929 Killed In Flying Accident
Place of Death: 150 km from Albertville, Belgian Congo
An attorney when the war began, Thieffry joined the army but was soon captured by the Germans. He escaped on a stolen motorcycle and was interned when he entered the Netherlands. Employing all his legal skills, he successfully argued for his release and was promptly back on the stolen motorcycle, heading for home. In July 1915, Thieffry transferred to the Belgian Air Service where he crashed more aircraft during training than any other Belgian pilot. As a result, his superiors were reluctant to assign him to a two-seater squadron for fear he would kill the observer in a crash. Instead, he was assigned to fly single-seat fighters. Thieffry soon crashed his first Nieuport scout and as he attempted to extract himself from the wreckage, he inadvertently fired his machine gun, scattering the onlookers who were rushing to his aid. His skills as a pilot eventually improved and Thieffry went on to become an ace. In February 1918, he was shot down in flames but survived and was captured.
Date Time Unit Aircraft Opponent Location
1 15 Mar 1917 p.m. 5me Nieuport Two-seater (DES)  
2 23 Mar 1917 a.m. 5me Nieuport Two-seater (DES) Ghisteles
3 12 May 1917 0700 5me Nieuport Two-seater (DES) Houthulst Forest
4 14 Jun 1917 2030 5me Nieuport Albatros D.III (DES) Westende
5 03 Jul 1917 1330 5me Nieuport Albatros D.III (DES) N of Dixmude
6 03 Jul 1917 1332 5me Nieuport Albatros D.III (DES) N of Dixmude
7 16 Aug 1917 0915 5me SPAD Albatros C (DES) Houthulst Forest
8 22 Aug 1917 1015 5me SPAD Scout (DES) Beerst
9 26 Aug 1917 1940 5me SPAD Scout (DES) Slype
10 16 Oct 1917 1140 5me SPAD Scout (DES) Merckem
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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