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Name: Pierre Marie Joseph Cardon Balloon-Buster
Médaille Militaire
Croix de Guerre with 4 palms and 1 star
Pierre Cardon
Country: France
Rank: Marchel-des-Logis
Service: French Air Service
Units: C64, Spa81
Victories: 5
Born: 30 October 1894
Place of Birth: Armentières (Nord)
Place of Death:
Cardon joined the army on 29 August 1914 and transferred to the French Air Service on 3 April 1916. A mechanic with C64, he became a flight instructor at Avord after completing his training in early 1917. After more advanced training, Cardon was posted to Spa81 on 15 December 1917. During May and June of 1918, he scored five victories, all of them balloons.
Médaille Militaire
"Excellent fighting pilot of great courage and initiative. He flamed two balloons, thereby bringing to five, the number of his victories." Médaille Militaire citation
Date Time Unit Aircraft Opponent Location
1 15 May 1918 Spa81   Balloon 1  
2 15 May 1918 Spa81   Balloon 2  
3 31 May 1918 Spa81   Balloon 3 Juvigny
4 03 Jun 1918 Spa81   Balloon 4  
5 06 Jun 1918 Spa81   Balloon 5 NW of Soissons

1 Shared with Lt Adrien Leps
2 Shared with MdL Chaigneau
3 Shared with Sgt Maurice Rousselle
4 Shared with Adj Malfanti, Sgt Guerin
5 Shared with Lt Adrien Leps, Sgt Maurice Rousselle
Over the Front
by Norman L. R. Franks, Frank W. Bailey / Hardcover / Grub Street the Basement (May 1992)
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