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Name: Noel Hugues Anne Louis de Rochefort
Chevalier de la Légion d'Honneur
Médaille Militaire
Croix de Guerre with 6 Palms, 2 Silver Stars, 1 Bronze Star
Country: France
Rank: Sous Lieutenant
Service: French Air Service
Units: N26
Victories: 7
Born: 25 December 1889
Place of Birth: Cerdon, France
Died: 16 September 1916 Died From Wounds
Place of Death:  
De Rochefort scored 7 victories with Escadrille N26 in 1916. He was wounded in action and captured when his Nieuport 17 was shot down on 15 September 1916. The following day, he died from his wounds.
Médaille Militaire
"Sergent pilot. An ardent, skillful and tenacious pilot who has always given proof of great maturity, spirit and admirable courage. He has completed brilliantly all the reconnaissance and pursuit missions which were assigned him and has had numerous engagements with enemy planes. On 12 March 1916, he had two combats; during the course of one of them he allowed his observer to down a plane in the enemy lines." Médaille Militaire citation, 5 April 1916
Chevalier de la égion d'Honneur
"Sergent pilot of an army escadrille. A pilot of remarkable audacity and skill. On 22 May 1916, he pursued an enemy plane and downed it after a difficult combat. Already cited in army orders and the Médaille Militaire for having downed two enemy planes previously." Légion d'Honneur citation, 10 June 1916
Date Time Unit Aircraft Opponent Location
1 12 Mar 1916 0900 N26   LVG C 1 W of Keyem
2 30 Apr 1916 1415 N26   EA Middlekerke
3 22 May 1916 1145 N26   LVG C 1 NE of Cassel
4 12 Jul 1916 0830 N26   LVG C Combles
5 15 Jul 1916 1845 N26   Aviatik E of Péronne
6 06 Aug 1916 N26   Balloon NE of Nesles
7 14 Sep 1916 1155 N26 Nieuport 17 LVG C Mont St. Quentin

1 Shared with Capt Perrin
Over the Front
by Norman L. R. Franks, Frank W. Bailey / Hardcover / Grub Street the Basement (May 1992)
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