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Name: Alexandre Buisson
Médaille Militaire
Croix de Guerre
Country: France
Rank: Adjudant
Service: French Air Service
Units: F29, R240
Victories: 5
Born: 17 September 1886
Place of Birth: Asnieres-sur-Seine (Hauts-de-Seine)
Died: 1939
Place of Death:  
Before he transferred to the air service, Buisson served with the 8c Regiment de Hussards. Assigned to Escadrille F29 and R240, he scored five victories with the latter unit.
Médaille Militaire
"Adjudant machine-gunner on a plane. Non-commissioned officer gunner of the highest military spirit, carried out daily delicate protection missions during the course of which he had numerous combats, gaining the admiration of his superiors by his modest courage and remarkable calm, and the precision of his fire. On 3 November 1918, at the end of a protection mission, noticing an enemy convoy he descended along the German lines to strafe them. Attacked by a patrol of ten planes, he sustained a severe and unequal fight, permitting his pilot to disengage and succeeded in downing two of his adversaries, one in flames and the other crashed to the earth. Three citations, five planes downed." Médaille Militaire citation
Date Time Unit Aircraft Opponent Location
1 29 Aug 1918 R240   EA 1 Semide
2 R240   EA  
3 02 Oct 1918 R240   EA 2 Semide
4 03 Nov 1918 R240   EA 3  
5 03 Nov 1918 R240   EA 3  

1 Shared with Sgt L Carteron & Sgt A Gagne
2 Shared with Sgt L Carteron & Sdt E Raymond
3 Shared with Sgt J Dufour & Sgt E Raymond
Over the Front
by Norman L. R. Franks, Frank W. Bailey / Hardcover / Grub Street the Basement (May 1992)
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