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Name: Gustave Douchy
Légion d'Honneur
Médaille Militaire
Croix de Guerre with 7 Palms, 1 Gold Star
Gustave Douchy
Country: France
Rank: Adjudant
Service: French Air Service
Units: N38, Spa38
Victories: 9
Born: 14 May 1893
Place of Birth: Bondy
Died: 29 July 1943 Killed In Flying Accident
Place of Death: Madagascar
Gustav Douchy scored nine victories flying Nieuport scouts with Escadrille 38. He was killed in a crash in Madagascar in 1943.
Médaille Militaire
"A pilot of remarkable skill, a model of devotion, courage and spirit. On 23 August 1916, with four other pilots of his Escadrille, he resolutely attacked a group of ten enemy planes, putting them to flight; during the course of the pursuit, he downed one of them. Already cited twice in orders." Médaille Militaire citation, 24 September 1916
Chevalier de la Légion d'Honneur
"Non-commissioned officer of the highest value; model of courage and devotion to duty. For 18 months, during the course of numerous missions for the army and on long distance reconnaissances, he has demonstrated the full measure of the remarkable sang-froid and spirit that he always gives to the most difficult tasks. He has had more than 60 combats during the course of which he downed 7 enemy planes. On 4 September 1917, he reported his 8th victory. Médaille Militaire for feats of war. Cited in orders 7 times." Chevalier de la Légion d'Honneur citation, 19 October 1917
Date Time Unit Aircraft Opponent Location
1 25 Jul 1916 N38   Two-seater  
2 23 Aug 1916 N38   Albatros N of Epoye
3 22 Jan 1917 N38   Albatros C Navarin
4 15 Feb 1917 N38   EA E of Chatreuil
5 16 Mar 1917 N38   Two-seater Bouconville-Rouvroy
6 06 Apr 1917 N38   Balloon Hauvine
7 10 May 1917 N38   EA  
8 04 Sep 1917 N38   Two-seater 1 Vaudesincourt
9 06 Mar 1918 N38   EA Monts

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