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Name: Pierre Desire Augustin Ducornet Balloon-Buster
Légion d'Honneur
Médaille Militaire
Croix de Guerre with 5 Palms, 2 Silver Stars
Country: France
Rank: Marechal-des-Logis
Service: French Air Service
Units: N93, Spa93
Victories: 7
Born: 19 April 1898
Place of Birth: Poix du Nord
Died: 17 March 1963
Place of Death: Paris
Ducornet joined the army on 15 August 1915. On 28 February 1917, he transferred to the French Air Service and received a Pilot's Brevet on 4 May 1917. After additional training, he was posted to Escadrille N93 (later Spa93) on 6 August 1917. Flying SPADs, Ducornet downed five balloons and two German planes during the summer of 1918. During World War II, he returned to service and worked with the Resistance after the Germans occupied France. He attained the rank of Colonel before he retired from the military in May 1955.
Médaille Militaire
"A pilot full of ardor. After having started the war in the armored cavalry, he transferred to pursuit aviation where his audacity and skill have contributed to his rapid and brilliant successes. On 20 August 1918, he flamed two balloons, one after the other. Six victories. Two citations." Médaille Militaire citation, 29 September 1918
Chevalier de la Légion d'Honneur
"Admirable pilot, but modest and brave. Has reported some brilliant victories. Great soldier of high morals, desire for combat and remarkable tenacity. Five citations." Chevalier de la Légion d'Honneur citation, 16 June 1920
Date Time Unit Aircraft Opponent Location
1 29 May 1918 Spa93   Pfalz  
2 15 Jul 1918 Spa93   Balloon 1 Mont Cornilette
3 09 Aug 1918 Spa93   Balloon 2 Orvillers
4 20 Aug 1918 Spa93   Balloon 3 Epagny
5 20 Aug 1918 Spa93   Balloon 4 Epagny
6 21 Aug 1918 Spa93   Balloon 5 N of Noyon
7 29 Sep 1918 Spa93   Balloon Machault

1 Shared with Lt Carbonnel, Adj Pierre Marinovitch
2 Shared with Lt Loubignac, Lt Olphe-Gaillard
3 Shared with Sgt Dumont, Lt Olphe-Gaillard
4 Shared with Sgt Dumont, MdL Maurice
5 Shared with MdL Maurice, Cpl Doerr
Over the Front
by Norman L. R. Franks, Frank W. Bailey / Hardcover / Grub Street the Basement (May 1992)
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