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Name: Albert Louis Deullin
chevalier de la Légion d'Honneur
Croix de Guerre with 7 palmes and 14 palms
Albert Deullin
Country: France
Rank: Capitaine
Service: French Air Service
Units: MF62; N3; Spa73
Victories: 20
Born: 24 August 1890
Place of Birth: Epernay (Marne)
Died: 29 May 1923 Killed In Flying Accident
Place of Death:  
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Chevalier de la Légion d'Honneur
"Pilot with exceptional initiative and sang-froid, endlessly seeking battle against enemy planes. Wounded on 2 April 1916 during the course of aerial combat, he returned to his Escadrille before being completely rehabilitated, and since his return has had twelve auspicious combats. On 30 April 1916, he attacked point blank an enemy plane and downed it in front of our trenches. Already cited twice in army orders." Chevalier de la Légion d'Honneur citation, 4 June 1916
Officier de la Légion d'Honneur
"Commander of a Groupe de Combat, marvelous pursuit pilot, elite officer and model of the highest military virtues of bravery, character, and intelligence that have become legendary in French aviation. Wounded three times in aerial combat, he always returns to his place in the battle before being completely healed. Has admirable qualities of a fighter along with rare qualities of leadership. By his daily example and ceaseless work, in three months he has forged his Groupe de Combat into an elite unit. During the first days of the German offensive he executed in the rain and close to the ground, an audacious reconnaissance which was valuable to the intelligence officer. He recently downed his 20th enemy plane. Chevalier de la Légion d'Honneur for feats of war. Twelve citations." Chevalier de la Légion d'Honneur citation, 4 June 1916
Date Time Unit Aircraft Opponent Location
1 10 Feb 1916 MF62  1 EA  
2 19 Mar 1916 N3   EA  
3 31 Mar 1916 N3   Fokker E Consenvoye-Beaumont
4 30 Apr 1916 N3   EA S of Douaumont
5 24 Jun 1916 N3   Balloon  
6 24 Aug 1916 N3   EA Lihons
7 15 Sep 1916 N3   EA Bouchavesnes
8 22 Sep 1916 0900 N3   EA S of Doignt
u/c 21 Oct 1916 1450 N3   EA Villers-Carbonnel
9 10 Nov 1916 1340 N3   EA Péronne
10 23 Nov 1916 1550 N3   EA Bois de Vaux
11 10 Feb 1917 1340 N3   Two-seater Champenoux
12 16 Mar 1917 0931 Spa73   EA Einville-en-Haye
13 15 Apr 1917 1040 Spa73   EA Festieux
14 22 Apr 1917 1750 Spa73   EA W of Craonne
15 11 May 1917 1430 Spa73   Albatros E of Montdidier
16 04 Jun 1917 0940 Spa73   EA Fismes
17 27 Jul 1917 Spa73   EA  
18 27 Sep 1917 Spa73   EA Dixmude
19 08 Nov 1917 Spa73   Pfalz D.III Hollebeke
20 19 May 1918 Spa73   Albatros E of Montdidier

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