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Name: Bernard Henri Barny de Romanet
Chevalier de la Légion d'Honneur
Médaille Militaire
Croix de Guerre with 10 palms/3 silver stars
Bernard Barny de Romanet
Country: France
Rank: Lieutenant
Service: French Air Service
Units: C51, N37, Spa167
Victories: 18
Born: 28 January 1894
Place of Birth: Saint-Maurice-de-Sathonay (Saone et Loire)
Died: 23 September 1921 Killed In Flying Accident
Place of Death:  
Barny de Romanet joined the army in October 1913. After serving in combat with cavalry and infantry regiments, he transferred to the French Air Service in July 1915. He received a Pilot's Brevet in January 1916 and was assigned as a reconnaissance pilot to C51. After training on single-seat fighters in February 1917, Barny de Romanet was reassigned to N37 where he received the Médaille Militaire for shooting down his first enemy aircraft. Having been credited with ten victories by 22 August 1918, he assumed command of Spa167 and remained with this Escadrille until the end of the war.
Médaille Militaire
"Elite pilot, as brilliant in pursuit aviation as he was in reconnaissance. Has had numerous combats giving proof under all circumstances of the highest military qualities. On 3 May 1917 he attacked, over their lines, two enemy scouts and downed one of them. Already cited three times in orders." Médaille Militaire citation, 23 May 1917
Chevalier de la Légion d'Honneur
"Elite officer, who received notice in the cavalry at the beginning of the war by bold reconnaissances, then in observation aviation, and finally in pursuit aviation where his brilliant qualities as a pilot, his coolness, and his daring in combat are always cited as examples. He inspires his patrols to attack enemy planes very superior in number putting them to flight and flaming one of them. Also, recently he downed successively two German planes, reporting therewith his 16th and 17th victories. Médaille Militaire for feats of war. Six citations." Chevalier de la Légion d'Honneur citation
Date Time Unit Aircraft Opponent Location
1 03 May 1917 N37   EA Craonne
2 31 Mar 1918 N37   Albatros 1 Rollot
3 30 May 1918 N37   Balloon 2 Fère-en-Tardenois
4 01 Jun 1918 N37   Fokker Villers-Cotterêts
5 30 Jun 1918 1910 N37   Fokker D.VII 3 Chouy
6 15 Jul 1918 N37   DFW C Laval
7 16 Jul 1918 N37   EA 4  
8 09 Aug 1918 N37   EA 5 Mortmed
9 15 Aug 1918 N37   Fokker  
10 22 Aug 1918 N37   Two-seater 3 Soissons
11 03 Oct 1918 1010 Spa167   Fokker 6 St. Etienne-a-Arnes
12 10 Oct 1918 0700 Spa167   Two-seater Bignicourt-Laneuville
13 14 Oct 1918 1310 Spa167   Fokker 7 Les Allez-Bois de Voncq
14 18 Oct 1918 1430 Spa167   Fokker D.VII 7 Civry-sur-Aisne
u/c 18 Oct 1918 1430 Spa167   Fokker D.VII Civry-sur-Aisne
15 23 Oct 1918 1215 Spa167   Two-seater 8 S of Le Chesne
16 23 Oct 1918 1625 Spa167   Fokker D.VII Attigny
17 24 Oct 1918 1500 Spa167   Two-seater 9 N of Attigny
18 29 Oct 1918 1500 Spa167   Two-seater S of Bois de Loges

1 Shared with Lt Roger Poupon, MdL Coupillaud
2 Shared with MdL de Lostalot
3 Shared with Lt Poupon
4 Shared with Adj Georges Lienhart, MdL Fransciquet
5 Shared with Lt Roger Poupon, Lt Guyon, MdL Coupillaud
6 Shared with Cpl Lombardon
7 Shared with Lt Dumas
8 Shared with S/Lt le Chevalier
9 Shared with S/Lt Guiguet
Over the Front
by Norman L. R. Franks, Frank W. Bailey / Hardcover / Grub Street the Basement (May 1992)
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