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Name: André Julien Chainat
Chevalier de la Légion d'Honneur
Médaille Militaire
Croix de Guerre with 9 palms/1 bronze star
André Chainat
Country: France
Rank: Adjudant
Service: French Air Service
Units: B4, MS23, MS38, N3, Spa3
Victories: 11
Born: 27 June 1892
Place of Birth: La Chapelle Saint Laurian
Died: 06 November 1961
Place of Death: Cannes
 
 
Chainat joined the army in October 1913. After serving with an artillery regiment, he transferred to the French Air Service in April 1914. He received a Pilot's Brevet on 8 June 1915 and was promoted to corporal later the same month. Chainat was injured in crashes twice and wounded in combat on 19 June and 7 September 1916.
 
Médaille Militaire
"Pilot of great skill and bravery. On 26 March 1916, he attacked and downed a plane which fell in flames in front of our lines." Médaille Militaire citation, 5 April 1916
 
Chevalier de la Légion d'Honneur
"First class pursuit pilot. Has downed six enemy planes between 26 March and 12 July 1916. He was wounded on 16 June. Already cited four times in orders and received the Médaille Militaire." Chevalier de la Légion d'Honneur citation, 3 August 1916
 
Victories
Date Time Unit Aircraft Opponent Location
1 01 Mar 1916 N3   EA N of Douaumont
2 26 Mar 1916 N3   Two-seater Liaucourt-Foise
3 21 May 1916 N3   Two-seater Rosières-en-Santerre
4 22 Jun 1916 N3   LVG C 1 Péronne
5 01 Jul 1916 N3   EA Verdun
6 02 Jul 1916 N3   Balloon
7 12 Jul 1916 N3   EA
8 01 Aug 1916 N3   EA
9 02 Aug 1916 N3   EA Marchélepot
10 02 Aug 1916 N3   EA 2 Vermandevillers
11 07 May 1916
-or-
07 Sep 1916
N3   LVG C
-or-
EA
Ornes

1 Shared with S/Lt Georges Guynemer
2 Shared with Lt Alfred Heurtaux
 
Books
Over the Front
by Norman L. R. Franks, Frank W. Bailey / Hardcover / Grub Street the Basement (May 1992)
 
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