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Name: Alexandre Albert Roger Bretillon
Légion d'Honneur
Médaille Militaire
Croix de Guerre with 7 Palms
Country: France
Rank: Sous Lieutenant
Service: French Air Service
Units: N79; Spa49
Victories: 9
Born: 23 September 1895
Place of Birth: Curville (Haute Marne)
Died: 18 November 1978
Place of Death:  
Bretillon joined the army on 19 December 1914. After serving with infantry and artillery regiments, he transferred to aviation on 31 March 1916. He received his pilot's brevet (1122) on 25 June 1916 and was posted to Escadrille N79 on 1 December 1916. With this unit he scored nine victories and was wounded in action on 15 February 1918.
Médaille Militaire
"Pursuit pilot with courage beyond compare who gives proof in all circumstances of his scorn for danger. On 10 December 1917, his plane being in flames at 6000 meters by enemy action during the course of a combat, he succeeded in returning to the ground safely. Has given proof of the highest audacity by not hesitating to attack an enemy two-seater protected by seven pursuit planes, and was wounded in the course of the battle. Previous wounds. Three citations." Médaille Militaire citation, 24 March 1918
Légion d'Honneur
"Magnificent pursuit pilot of audacity mixed with great sang-froid. Guided by his own ardor, never hesitates to provoke and attack the enemy far behind its own lines. He has had therefore a series of combats, returning often with his plane riddled by bullets. On 27 August 1918, he attacked four enemy planes and downed one. Nine victories, 3 wounds, Médaille Militaire for feats of war. Five citations." Légion d'Honneur citation, 14 January 1919
Date Time Unit Aircraft Opponent Location
1 17 Mar 1917 N79   Albatros  
2 24 Mar 1918 Spa49   EA Germaine
3 23 May 1918 Spa49   EA Hamegicourt
4 14 Aug 1918 Spa49   Rumpler  
5 24 Aug 1918 Spa49   EA  
6 27 Aug 1918 1015 Spa49   EA Mulhausen
7 06 Oct 1918 1040 Spa49   Scout Soppe
8 Spa49   EA  
9 21 Oct 1918 Spa49   Two-seater 1 Mulhausen

1 Shared with S/Lt Jean Bouyer, Adj Maurice Arnoux, Adj Paul Hamot
Over the Front
by Norman L. R. Franks, Frank W. Bailey / Hardcover / Grub Street the Basement (May 1992)
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