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Name: Michel Joseph Callixte Marie Coiffard Balloon-Buster
Légion d'Honneur
Médaille Militaire
Military Cross (MC)
Michel Coiffard
Country: France
Rank: Lieutenant
Service: French Air Service
Units: N154; Spa154
Victories: 34
Born: 16 July 1892
Place of Birth: Nantes
Died: 29 October 1918 Died From Wounds
Place of Death:  
 
 
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Médaille Militaire
"On 29 May 1915, as an artillery observer in the trenches under extemely violent bombardment by heavy artillery, he spontaneously offered himself to serve as a liaison between the infantry and artillery, the telephone connection with the artillery having been destroyed by enemy fire. When the infantry telephone network had been severed in its turn he carried it along the artillery line and made repairs in terrain attacked by 105 and 150 artillery projectiles. Non-commissioned officer of remarkable courage and sang-froid; the campaigns in Tunisia and Morocco, three wounds, three citations." Médaille Militaire citation
 
Chevalier de la Légion d'Honneur
"A valiant officer and a model of courage, initiative and devotion. Wounded four times in the infantry, he entered the aviation service where he has proven his most brilliant military qualities. He downed his third enemy plane on 2 February 1918, during the course of a particularly difficult combat. Médaille Militaire for feats of war. Six citations." Chevalier de la Légion d'Honneur citation
 
Officier de la Légion d'Honneur
"An officer of fierce energy and incomparable bravery. In Morocco he had already gained attention by his audacity. In the actual war he served successively in the artillery, infantry and air service attracting throughout amazement and admiration because of his scorn of death and his admirable spirit of sacrifice. In pursuit aviation his will to conquer allowed him to accomplish a series of exploits with regularity and speed which have never been equaled. He reported 32 official victories, of which 27 were gained in three months. Three wounds, Médaille Militaire and Chevalier de la Légion d'Honneur for feats of war. Fifteen citations." Officier de la Légion d'Honneur
 
Victories
Date Time Unit Aircraft Opponent Location
1 05 Sep 1917 N154   Albatros C Le Catelet
2 03 Jan 1918 N154   EA NE of St. Quentin
3 02 Feb 1918 1210 N154   Pfalz D.III Arnoville
4 30 Jun 1918 0650 Spa154   Balloon 1 Beauvardes
5 30 Jun 1918 1750 Spa154   Balloon 2 Courpoil
6 01 Jul 1918 1715 Spa154   Balloon 3 Courmont
7 05 Jul 1918 0548 Spa154   Balloon 4 Courcelles-Sapincourt
8 07 Jul 1918 0900 Spa154   Balloon Courcelles-Sapincourt
9 12 Jul 1918 0655 Spa154   Albatros 5 Courcelles-Sapincourt
10 15 Jul 1918 1030 Spa154   Balloon 6 Goussancourt
11 15 Jul 1918 Spa154   Balloon 7 Goussancourt
12 15 Jul 1918 1905 Spa154   Balloon 8 S of Le Charmel
13 17 Jul 1918 0530 Spa154   Balloon 9 NE of Moronvillers
14 17 Jul 1918 0535 Spa154   Balloon 9 Moronvillers
15 18 Jul 1918 0915 Spa154   Rumpler C 10 E of Bois de Beine
16 18 Jul 1918 1915 Spa154   Balloon 11 Foret de Ris
17 21 Jul 1918 1805 Spa154   Two-seater 10 Champlat
18 01 Aug 1918 0900 Spa154   Balloon 10 N of Somme-Py
19 01 Aug 1918 Spa154   Balloon 10 N of Somme-Py
20 01 Aug 1918 Spa154   Balloon 12 N of Somme-Py
21 03 Aug 1918 1935 Spa154   Balloon 12 N of Somme-Py
22 03 Aug 1918 1937 Spa154   Balloon N of Somme-Py
23 11 Aug 1918 1930 Spa154   Fokker D.VII W of Chenay-Berru
24 11 Aug 1918 1945 Spa154   Balloon 10 Caurel
25 11 Aug 1918 1955 Spa154   Fokker D.VII 13 Beine
26 07 Sep 1918 Spa154   Balloon 14  
27 14 Sep 1918 1345 Spa154   Balloon 15 Gernicourt
28 14 Sep 1918 1350 Spa154   Balloon 15 Cormicy
29 15 Sep 1918 1230 Spa154   Balloon 16 Brimont
30 15 Sep 1918 1231 Spa154   Balloon 16 Cormicy
31 15 Sep 1918 1232 Spa154   Balloon 16 Gernicourt
32 28 Sep 1918 0900 Spa154   Balloon SE of Semide
33 02 Oct 1918 1220 Spa154   Two-seater SE of Atienne
34 28 Oct 1918 Spa154   Fokker D.VII Rethel

1 Shared with MdL Paul Barbreau, MdL Jacques Ehrlich
2 Shared with S/Lt Louis Gros, Adj Paul Petit
3 Shared with S/Lt Louis Gros, Adj Paul Petit, MdL Jacques Ehrlich
4 Shared with Adj Paul Petit, MdL Jacques Ehrlich
5 Shared with S/Lt Paul Waddington, MdL Jacques Ehrlich
6 Shared with Capt Auguste Lahoulle, Adj Chevalier, Sgt Abbott
7 Shared with Capt Auguste Lahoulle, Adj Chevalier
8 Shared with S/Lt Louis Gros, Jacques MdL Ehrlich
9 Shared with MdL Jacques Ehrlich, Sgt Hubert
10 Shared with Adj Jacques Ehrlich
11 Shared with S/Lt Louis Gros, S/Lt Paul Waddington
12 Shared with S/Lt Paul Barbreau
13 Shared with Adj Paul Petit
14 Shared with S/Lt Theophile Condemine, Sgt Peillard
15 Shared with S/Lt Theophile Condemine, Cpl Lisle
16 Shared with S/Lt Theophile Condemine, Adj Jacques Ehrlich
 
Books
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