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Name: Jean Alfred Fraissinet
Chevalier de la Légion d'Honneur
Croix de Guerre avec 5 palms and 1 bronze star
Jean Fraissinet
Country: France
Rank: Lieutenant
Service: French Air Service
Units: N57, Spa57
Victories: 8
Born: 22 June 1894
Place of Birth: Marseilles
Place of Death:  
After serving with the 6e Regiment de Hussards, Fraissinet transferred to the French Air Service in 1916. Earning a Pilot's Brevet on 4 November 1916, he received additional flight training before joining N57 on 14 March 1917. He was released from the army on 7 October 1919 but returned to uniform during World War II.
Légion d'Honneur
"Elite officer and model pursuit pilot; calm and resolute, fired also by a spirit of self-sacrifice and extremely high intellect, using his knowledge of flying to further his desire to conquer. Patrol leader of the highest order. Liked by his pilots in whom he inspires absolute confidence. On 1 October 1918, with only one comrade, he did not hesitate to attack a group of 20 two-seaters which were strafing our troops. He downed two in flames. Six victories, six citations." Légion d'Honneur citation
Date Time Unit Aircraft Opponent Location
1 24 Sep 1917 1435 Spa57   Albatros C 1 Pompelle
2 12 Apr 1918 Spa57   Aviatik C Hangard
3 02 May 1918 Spa57   Aviatik C Domart sur la Luce
4 31 May 1918 Spa57   Albatros C 2 Eterpilly
5 23 Jun 1918 Spa57   Halberstadt C S of Reims
6 15 Jul 1918 0455 Spa57   Albatros C 3 Fleury
7 01 Oct 1918 1800 Spa57   Halberstadt C Aure
8 01 Oct 1918 1805 Spa57   Halberstadt C 4 Somme-Py

1 Shared with Adj A Bertrand, Adj Charles Nuville
2 Shared with Lt G Mazimann, S/Lt Marcel Nogues
3 Shared with S/Lt Charles Nuville, Adj R Vanier
4 Shared with Sgt Graignac
Over the Front
by Norman L. R. Franks, Frank W. Bailey / Hardcover / Grub Street the Basement (May 1992)
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