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Name: Andre Jean Delorme
Chevalier de la Légion d'Honneur
Médaille Militaire
Croix de Guerre
Andre Delorme
Country: France
Rank: Sous Lieutenant
Service: French Air Service
Units: C56; N38
Victories: 5
Born: 07 June 1890
Place of Birth: Terrenoire
Died: 14 January 1917 Killed In Action
Place of Death:  
Serving with an infantry regiment in 1914, Delorme was wounded three times during 1914. He transferred to the French Air Service in 1915 and received a Pilot's Brevet on 14 June. Posted to C56, he scored his first two victories in the summer of 1916 but was wounded again during aerial combat on 31 July 1916. When he recovered, he was reassigned to N38 where he scored three more victories before he was killed in action.
Médaille Militaire
"Adjudant of Escadrille C56, pilot of remarkable audacity and sangfroid. Prepares his missions instantly and with great initiative and then executes them with remarkable energy. On 6 February 1916, he descended to 700 meters to bomb an important station where he caused an explosion and a fire. With his passenger wounded, he flew more than an hour in the clouds completely lost in enemy territory, but succeeded to land in our lines as his fuel gave out." Médaille Militaire citation
Légion d'Honneur
"Sous Lieutenant of Escadrille C56, elite officer who has distinguished himself by his brilliant conduct in the infantry, fighting combats at the start of the war during which he was wounded twice. As an airplane pilot, he has continued to demonstrate the highest qualities of bravery, devotion and audacity. On 28 May 1916, after having executed a bombardment very far to the rear of the lines, he was attacked by a German scout which he downed in flames, returning to the Escadrille with his plane riddled by bullets. Already has the Médaille Militaire and has been cited twice in army orders." Légion d'Honneur citation
Date Time Unit Aircraft Opponent Location
1 28 May 1916 C56 1 Fokker E German lines
2 18 Jun 1916 C56 1 Aviatik C  
3 26 Nov 1916 N38   Roland C German lines
4 21 Dec 1916 N38   Halberstadt C N of Orfeuil
5 05 Jan 1917 N38   LVG C Aure

1 Gunner C Jobelin
Over the Front
by Norman L. R. Franks, Frank W. Bailey / Hardcover / Grub Street the Basement (May 1992)
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