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Name: Jacques Louis Ehrlich Balloon-Buster
Médaille Militaire
Croix de Guerre with 8 palms/1 silver star
Jacques Ehrlich
Country: France
Rank: Sous Lieutenant
Service: French Air Service
Units: N154, Spa154
Victories: 19
Born: 25 October 1893
Place of Birth: Paris
Died: 10 August 1953
Place of Death: Paris
 
 
In May 1913, Ehrlich joined the army and served with the infantry until his transfer to the French Air Service in December 1916. He received a Pilot's Brevet in May 1917 and was assigned to N154. Cited for actions against the enemy on 10 August 1917, he was badly wounded while strafing the German lines. Promoted to Sergent, he returned to duty in November 1917. On the evening of 18 September 1918, three days after he was recommended for the Légion d'Honneur, Ehrlich was shot down and captured after scoring his 19th victory. The following day, his promotion to Sous Lieutenant was announced. In all, Ehrlich destroyed 18 balloons and shot down an Albatros scout in less than three months.
 
Médaille Militaire
 
"Remarkable pursuit pilot who has distinguished himself by his exceptional audacity and tenacity which have earned him twelve victories in one month. He flamed three balloons in a few minutes. One wound. Three citations." Médaille Militaire citation, 10 September 1918
 
Victories
Date Time Unit Aircraft Opponent Location
1 30 Jun 1918 0650 Spa154   Balloon 1 Beauvardes
2 01 Jul 1918 1715 Spa154   Balloon 2 Courmont
3 05 Jul 1918 0548 Spa154   Balloon 3 Courcelles
4 12 Jul 1918 0655 Spa154   Albatros 4 Sapincourt
5 15 Jul 1918 1905 Spa154   Balloon 5 S of Le Charmel
6 16 Jul 1918 1345 Spa154   Balloon Anthenay
7 17 Jul 1918 0530 Spa154   Balloon 6 Moronvillers
8 17 Jul 1918 0535 Spa154   Balloon 6 Moronvillers
9 18 Jul 1918 1915 Spa154   Balloon 7 Foret de Ris
10 24 Jul 1918 0735 Spa154   Balloon Pouilion
11 01 Aug 1918 0900 Spa154   Balloon 7 N of Somme-Py
12 01 Aug 1918 0902 Spa154   Balloon 7 N of Somme-Py
13 01 Aug 1918 0905 Spa154   Balloon 7 N of Somme-Py
14 10 Aug 1918 1630 Spa154   Balloon Brimont
15 11 Aug 1918 1945 Spa154   Balloon 7 Beine
16 15 Sep 1918 1230 Spa154   Balloon 8 Brimont
17 15 Sep 1918 1231 Spa154   Balloon 8 Cormicy
18 15 Sep 1918 1232 Spa154   Balloon 8 Gernicourt
19 18 Sep 1918 1805 Spa154   Balloon 9 Brimont

1 Shared with S/Lt Michel Coiffard, MdL Barbreau
2 Shared with S/Lt Michel Coiffard, S/Lt Louis Gros, Adj Paul Petit
3 Shared with S/Lt Michel Coiffard, Adj Paul Petit
4 Shared with S/Lt Michel Coiffard, S/Lt Paul Waddington
5 Shared with S/Lt Michel Coiffard, S/Lt Louis Gros
6 Shared with S/Lt Michel Coiffard, MdL Hubert
7 Shared with S/Lt Michel Coiffard
8 Shared with S/Lt Michel Coiffard, S/Lt Theophile Condemine
9 Shared with Adj Paul Petit, Sgt Peillard
 
Books
Over the Front
by Norman L. R. Franks, Frank W. Bailey / Hardcover / Grub Street the Basement (May 1992)
 
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