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Name: Hector Eugene Joseph Garaud
Légion d'Honneur
Médaille Militaire
Croix de Guerre with 8 palms and 2 etoiles
Hector Garaud
Country: France
Rank: Sous Lieutenant
Service: French Air Service
Units: V97; Spa38
Victories: 13
Born: 27 August 1897
Place of Birth: Saint Antoine
Died: 05 April 1940 Killed In Flying Accident
Place of Death: Montpellier
Garaud entered the French Air Service in 1915 and became a pilot the following year. During the war, he accumulated 495 hours of flight time. On 26 March 1918, he was wounded when a bullet passed through his right lung. He was wounded again on 3 October 1918 when a fragment from an exploding shell hit him in the face.
   PARIS, April 6 (AP)—Major Hector Garaud, French air ace who was credited with bringing down 23 enemy planes during the first World war, was killed yesterday in an airplane accident at Montpelier [sic] where he was serving as an instructor.
The Ogden Standard-Examiner - Saturday, April 6, 1940
Chevalier de la Légion d'Honneur
"Pursuit pilot beyond compare, he has downed eleven enemy planes. He was seriously wounded after having downed his 12th plane." Légion d'Honneur citation
Date Time Unit Aircraft Opponent Location
1 12 May 1917 Spa38   EA  
2 29 Oct 1917 Spa38   EA Somme-Py
3 13 Nov 1917 Spa38   EA Somme-Py
4 12 Dec 1917 Spa38   Rumpler C Louvercy
5 22 Dec 1917 Spa38   Two-seater 1 Louvercy
6 23 Dec 1917 Spa38   Two-seater 2 Tahure
7 01 Jan 1918 Spa38   EA Somme-Py
8 19 Feb 1918 Spa38   EA Prunay
9 06 Mar 1918 Spa38   EA Main de Massiges
10 08 Mar 1918 Spa38   Two-seater St. Martin l'Heureux
11 11 Mar 1918 Spa38   EA Auberive-Dontrien
12 26 Mar 1918 Spa38   Rumpler C Châlons
13 12 Aug 1918 Spa38   Fokker D.VII Vitry

1 Shared with S/Lt Gabriel Guérin, MdL Marcel Henriot
2 Shared with S/Lt Georges Madon
Over the Front
by Norman L. R. Franks, Frank W. Bailey / Hardcover / Grub Street the Basement (May 1992)
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