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Name: Theophile Henri Condemine Balloon-Buster
Légion d'Honneur
Croix de Guerre with 5 palms, 1 bronze star
Theophile Condemine
Country: France
Rank: Sous Lieutenant
Service: French Air Service
Units: Spa154
Victories: 9
Born: 25 January 1895
Place of Birth: Champagnac-Fontaine
Died:
Place of Death:
 
 
Condemine entered the army on 10 February 1914. Recovering from wounds received in action on 29 July 1917, he transferred from the infantry to the French Air Service in December 1917. Joining Spa154 on 22 August 1918, Condemine was credited with 9 victories, all of them balloons.
 
Chevalier de la Légion d'Honneur
"Officer of remarkable bravery and audacity, many times he gave proof of his strength and sangfroid. He was severely wounded on 29 July 1917, but carried on in the face of a violent barrage to gain the objective to which he had been assigned. Already cited in orders." Chevalier de la Légion d'Honneur citation, 29 August 1917
 
Victories
Date Time Unit Aircraft Opponent Location
1 22 Aug 1918 1200 Spa154   Balloon 1 E of Caudry
2 07 Sep 1918 Spa154   Balloon  
3 14 Sep 1918 1345 Spa154   Balloon 2 Gernicourt
4 14 Sep 1918 1350 Spa154   Balloon 2 Cormicy
5 15 Sep 1918 1230 Spa154   Balloon 3 Brimont
6 15 Sep 1918 1231 Spa154   Balloon 3 Cormicy
7 15 Sep 1918 1232 Spa154   Balloon 3 Gernicourt
8 03 Oct 1918 0900 Spa154   Balloon Betheniville
9 10 Oct 1918 1100 Spa154   Balloon NE of Orfeuil

1 Shared with S/Lt Paul Waddington, S/Lt Louis Gros
2 Shared with S/Lt Michel Coiffard, Cpl Lisle
3 Shared with S/Lt Michel Coiffard, Adj Jacques Ehrlich
 
Books
Over the Front
by Norman L. R. Franks, Frank W. Bailey / Hardcover / Grub Street the Basement (May 1992)
 
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