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Name: Jean Chaput
Légion d'Honneur
Médaille Militaire
Croix de Guerre with 11 palms/1 gold, 1 silver star
Jean Chaput Military Cross (MC)
Country: France
Rank: Lieutenant
Service: French Air Service
Units: C28; MF28; N57; Spa57
Victories: 16
Born: 17 September 1893
Place of Birth: Paris
Died: 06 May 1918 Killed In Action
Place of Death: Near Montdidier
 
 
Chaput joined the army in 1913 and served in the infantry before transferring to the French Air Service in 1914. After receiving a Pilot's Brevet in February 1915, he was assigned to MF28 where he quickly rose in rank, was wounded in combat on 15 June and received the Médaille Militaire a few days later. Wounded again on 10 July, Chaput did not return to duty until January 1916. Assigned to N57 in May 1916, he was wounded for the third time on 24 August and was unable to return to duty until May 1917. In April 1918, Chaput assumed command of Spa57 but was killed in action the following month when his SPAD XIII was shot down by Hermann Becker of Jasta 12.
 
Médaille Militaire
"Sergent pilot of Escadrille C28. A pilot of extraordinary skill, courage, sang-froid, and devotion, Recently experienced, other than service in artillery reconnaissance, very efficient service in aerial pursuit. Never hesitated on several occasions, during the operations from 7 to 13 June 1915, to give pursuit to enemy planes better armed than himself. Returned on the 12th [June] with his plane riddled by machine gun bullets after having forced his adversary to land." Médaille Militaire citation, 23 June 1915
 
Chevalier de la Légion d'Honneur
"Temporary Sous Lieutenant of Escadrille N57. Pilot of admirable audacity and sang-froid. He has had for more than a year daily, aerial combats during the course of which he downed four German planes. On 12 June 1915; 18 March, 30 April and 22 May 1916. Already cited four times in orders." Chevalier de la Légion d'Honneur citation, 4 June 1916
 
Opponents
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Victories
Date Time Unit Aircraft Opponent Location
1 12 Jun 1915 C28   Fokker E Ednes
2 18 Mar 1916 d'Angers   LVG C Eparges
3 30 Apr 1916 1745 d'Angers   Fokker E Combles-Herbueville
4 22 May 1916 N57   Balloon Verdun
5 19 Jun 1916 N57   EA Varvinay
6 21 Jun 1916 N57   EA NE of St. Mihiel
7 21 Jun 1916 N57   Rumpler C Fort Genicourt
8 23 Jul 1916 0745 N57   Aviatik C Fresnes-en-Woevre
9 05 Apr 1917 Spa57   EA
10 05 Apr 1917 Spa57   EA
11 12 May 1917 1930 Spa57   Scout Brimont
12 19 Jun 1917 0720 Spa57   EA 1
13 23 Mar 1918 Spa57   Albatros D.V 2 Coucy-le-Château
14 23 Mar 1918 Spa57   Albatros D.V 2 Coucy-le-Château
15 12 Apr 1918 Spa57   Two-seater 3 Fontaine-Montdidier
16 21 Apr 1918 Spa57   Pfalz D.III 4 E of Rollot

1 Shared with S/Lt Jacques Ortoli, Lt Joseph de Sevin
2 Shared with Lt Auguste Lahoulle, S/Lt Claude Haegelen
3 Shared with Asp Dubois de Gennes
4 Shared with S/Lt Pierre Wertheim
 
Books
Over the Front
by Norman L. R. Franks, Frank W. Bailey / Hardcover / Grub Street the Basement (May 1992)
 
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