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Name: Fernand Bonneton Balloon-Buster
Légion d'Honneur
Croix de Guerre
Fernand Bonneton
Country: France
Rank: Capitaine
Service: French Air Service
Units: Spa69
Victories: 9
Born: 10 May 1890
Place of Birth: La Coucourde-Montelimar (Drome)
Died: 24 June 1922 Killed In Flying Accident
Place of Death: Brussels, Belgium
Wounded four times while serving in cavalry and infantry regiments, Bonneton requested a transfer to the French Air Service in 1916. After training at Juvisy, he was posted to the Eastern Front in 1917, serving in Romania and scoring two victories. In May 1918, he returned to France and was assigned to Spa69, downing five balloons and two enemy aircraft by the end of the war.
Légion d'Honneur
"Elite officer, wounded twice in the cavalry, he was transferred at his request to the infantry where he was wounded twice more. Classed as unfit for infantry duty, he requested aviation service. Here he has distinguished himself as a pursuit pilot of the highest order, with admirable strength and spirit. He recently downed his third enemy plane. Six citations." Légion d'Honneur citation, 3 August 1918
Date Time Unit Aircraft Opponent Location
1 08 Aug 1917   EA Roumania
2 30 Oct 1917   EA Italy
3 10 Jul 1918 Spa69   EA Noyon-Ribécourt
4 01 Aug 1918 Spa69   Balloon  
5 15 Aug 1918 0630 Spa69   Balloon Pontoise
6 22 Aug 1918 Spa69   Balloon Vauxillon
7 02 Sep 1918 Spa69   Balloon Pontavert
u/c 02 Sep 1918 Spa69   EA Beaurieux
8 Spa69   EA  
9 22 Oct 1918 Spa69   Balloon  
u/c 22 Oct 1918 Spa69   Balloon  
Over the Front
by Norman L. R. Franks, Frank W. Bailey / Hardcover / Grub Street the Basement (May 1992)
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