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Name: Eugene Gilbert
Chevalier de la Légion d'Honneur
Médaille Militaire
Croix de Guerre with 4 Palms
Eugene Gilbert
Country: France
Rank: Sous Lieutenant
Service: French Air Service
Units: MS23, MS37, MS49
Victories: 5
Born: 19 July 1889
Place of Birth: Riom
Died: 17 May 1918 Killed In Flying Accident
Place of Death: Villacoublay
Returning from a bombing mission on 27 June 1915, Gilbert developed engine problems and was forced to land near Rhinefelden, Switzerland. He was interned until he escaped on 3 June 1916. Gilbert was serving as a test pilot when he was killed in a flying accident on 17 May 1918.
Chevalier de la Légion d'Honneur
"Sergent Pilot of escadrille MS23, on return from reconnaissance he engaged a German plane. He attacked it with such audacity and skill that his observer was able to kill the observer, wound the pilot, and hit the radiator with four bullets from a carbine, forcing the enemy plane to land in French lines." Chevalier de la Légion d'Honneur citation
Date Time Unit Aircraft Opponent Location
1 02 Nov 1914 MS23   Taube 1 German lines
2 17 Dec 1914 MS23   EA 2 Albert-Bapaume
3 10 Jan 1915 MS23   Aviatik C 3 Chaulnes
4 07 Jun 1915 MS49   EA German lines
5 17 Jun 1915 MS49   Two-seater NE of St. Amarin

1 Observer Capt de Vergnette
2 Shared with Soldat Bayle
3 Shared Lt Puechredon
Over the Front
by Norman L. R. Franks, Frank W. Bailey / Hardcover / Grub Street the Basement (May 1992)
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