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Name: Bernard Artigau
Officier de la Légion d'Honneur
Médaille Militaire
Croix de Guerre with 11 palms and  1 bronze star
Bernard Artigau Croix de Guerre [Belgium]
Country: France
Rank: Sous Lieutenant
Service: French Air Service
Units: N15, Spa15
Victories: 12
Born: 28 August 1894
Place of Birth: Licq Atherey
Died: 03 May 1968
Place of Death: Buenos Aires, Argentina
 
 
A resident of Argentina when the war began, Artigau was called to active duty in the infantry on 26 May 1916. In early 1917, he completed pilot training at Tours and Avord and was assigned to Escadrille N15 on 20 June 1917.
 
Médaille Militaire
"Non-commissioned officer driven by the highest spirit and devotion, which he has rapidly revealed during the course of difficult combats, and daily as a pursuit pilot full of bravery, endurance and skill. He recently downed in our lines, an enemy two-seater, reporting therewith his eighth victory. Three citations." Médaille Militaire citation, 25 June 1918
 
Chevalier de la Légion d'Honneur
"Pursuit pilot beyond compare, on 28 October 1918 he reported his eleventh victory. Médaille Militaire for feats of war -- six citations." Chevalier de la Légion d'Honneur citation, 25 April 1919
 
Victories
Date Time Unit Aircraft Opponent Location
1 04 Sep 1917 1540 N15   EA Livry-sur-Meuse
2 01 Nov 1917 1245 N15   Two-seater 1 Chevrigny
3 23 Dec 1917 N15   Two-seater 2 Beine
4 03 Feb 1918 N15   EA 2 Nogent l'Abbesse
5 11 Apr 1918 N15   Two-seater Grivesnes-Rollot
6 12 Apr 1918 N15   Two-seater Grivesnes
7 15 May 1918 N15   Two-seater 3 Thory
8 27 May 1918 N15   DFW C 4 Comin
9 01 Jun 1918 N15   DFW C Villers-Cotterêts
10 07 Jun 1918 N15   DFW C NW of Château Thierry
11 22 Jul 1918 N15   Rumpler C Ville-en-Tardenois
12 28 Oct 1918 N15   Fokker D.VII 5  

1 Shared with Sgt Calamai
2 Shared with S/Lt Gabriel Guérin
3 Shared with Lt Andre Barcat
4 Shared with Adj Armond Berthelot
5 Shared with Lt Gabriel Thomas
 
Books
Over the Front
by Norman L. R. Franks, Frank W. Bailey / Hardcover / Grub Street the Basement (May 1992)
 
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