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Name: Jacques Gerard
Chevalier de la Légion d'Honneur
Médaille Militaire
Croix de Guerre, at least 5 palms
Jacques Gerard
Country: France
Rank: Adjudant
Service: French Air Service
Units: C18, Spa65
Victories: 8
Born: 26 October 1890
Place of Birth: Paris
Killed in Action: 03 July 1918 Killed In Action
Place of Death:  
After serving with the 113c Regiment d'Infanterie, Gerard transferred to the French Air Service. Earning a Pilot's Brevet in August 1917, he was eventually assigned to Escadrille Spa65 where he scored 8 victories and 2 probables before he was killed in action.
Médaille Militaire
"A pursuit pilot of great skill and valor, inspired by a spirit of devotion. He attacks with extreme audacity, battles with great bravery and has a complete disregard for danger, never abandoning a fight, often far and low in enemy lines, until out of ammunition or his adversary is conquered. He has recently downed his 5th enemy plane. Two citations." Médaille Militaire citation
Date Time Unit Aircraft Opponent Location
1 30 Jan 1918 Spa65   EA 1 Beine
2 31 Mar 1918 Spa65   EA Lagny
3 21 Apr 1918 Spa65   Two-seater Etelfay
4 23 Apr 1918 Spa65   Two-seater N of Ploypon
5 23 Apr 1918 Spa65   EA Rollot
6 06 Jun 1918 Spa65   EA Longpont
7 25 Jun 1918 Spa65   EA  
8 28 Jun 1918 Spa65   Albatros Chaudun

1 Shared with S/Lt Borde, MdL Lienhard, S/Lt Jules Covin
Over the Front
by Norman L. R. Franks, Frank W. Bailey / Hardcover / Grub Street the Basement (May 1992)
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