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Name: Jean Pie Hyacinthe Paul Jerome Casale
Chevalier de la Légion d'Honneur
Médaille Militaire
Croix de Guerre with 9 palms
Jean Casale
Country: France
Rank: Sous Lieutenant
Service: French Air Service
Units: MF8, N23, N67, Spa38, Spa156
Victories: 13
Born: 24 September 1893
Place of Birth: Olmeta di Tuda (Corsica)
Died: 23 June 1923 Killed In Flying Accident
Place of Death:  
Jean Casale, Marquis de Montferato, joined the army in 1913. On 1 October 1914, he transferred to the French Air Service. Serving with N23 and Spa38, he scored 13 victories by the end of the war.
Médaille Militaire
"Pilot of exceptional courage who, for more than a year, has rendered distinguished service in an Army Corps Escadrille, then in a pursuit Escadrille. Specializing in reconnaissances of long duration, he always executed these missions by having numerous and difficult aerial combats. On 26 April 1916, attacked by two enemy planes, he put them to flight successively and continued his reconnaissance although his plane was seriously hit by enemy bullets. Already cited in army orders." Médaille Militaire citation
Chevalier de la Légion d'Honneur
"Pursuit pilot of exceptional strength and bravery. Since the battle of Verdun, he has had more than 90 combats, returning several times with his plane riddled by enemy bullets. Decorated with the Médaille Militaire in May 1916, he has since downed five enemy aircraft. On 11 February 1917, he attacked a balloon, strafing it to a very low altitude. Pursued during the course of this attack by two enemy planes, he engaged them in the most violent combat at 10 kilometers behind their lines; he returned with his plane badly damaged."Chevalier de la Légion d'Honneur citation
Date Time Unit Aircraft Opponent Location
1 08 Jul 1915 N23   EA  
2 02 Sep 1916 N23   EA Dieppe
3 22 Sep 1916 N23   EA 1 N of Douaumont
4 24 Nov 1916 N23   Balloon  
5 10 Dec 1916 N23   EA Brabant-sur-Meuse
6 06 Feb 1917 N23   EA Wavrille
7 28 Mar 1917 N23   EA 2 Dieppe
8 10 May 1917 1030 N23   LVG C 3 Charmontois
9 21 Sep 1917 N23   EA 4 N of Douaumont
10 01 Jun 1918 Spa38   Balloon 5 Reims-Epernay
11 20 Jul 1918 Spa38   Fokker D.VII  
12 29 Oct 1918 Spa38   EA N of Rethel
13 01 Nov 1918 Spa38   Two-seater 6 Sissone

1 Shared with Adj Maxime Lenoir
2 Shared with Adj Bertel
3 Shared with Sgt Legendre
4 Shared with Adj Melin, S/Lt de Martemart
5 Shared with Lt Georges Madon
6 Shared with Adj Fabre
Over the Front
by Norman L. R. Franks, Frank W. Bailey / Hardcover / Grub Street the Basement (May 1992)
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