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Name: Louis Prosper Gros Balloon-Buster
Légion d'Honneur
Médaille Militaire
Croix de Guerre, 4 Palms, 1 Gold and 1 Silver Star
Country: France
Rank: Sous Lieutenant
Service: French Air Service
Units: HF41; Spa154
Victories: 9
Born: 24 July 1893
Place of Birth: Paris
Died: 03 March 1973
Place of Death:
 
 
Gros joined the army in 1913 and was serving with an artillery regiment when the war began. Wounded in action on 25 September 1915, he transferred to the French Air Service on 16 February 1916. After receiving a Pilot's Brevet on 28 May, he was posted to Escadrille HF41 on 22 October. In April 1917, he scored his first only only victory of the year. On 1 January 1918, Gros joined Spa154, downing 5 balloons and 3 more enemy aircraft before he was badly wounded on 15 September 1918.
 
Victories
Date Time Unit Aircraft Opponent Location
1 13 Apr 1917 HF41  1 EA Mont Sapigneul
2 03 Apr 1918 Spa154   Albatros 2 Moreuil-Plessier
3 05 Jun 1918 1800 Spa154   Balloon 3 Trigny
4 30 Jun 1918 1750 Spa154   Balloon 4 Courroil
5 01 Jul 1918 1715 Spa154   Balloon 5 Courmont
6 15 Jul 1918 1905 Spa154   Balloon 6 S of Le Charmel
7 18 Jul 1918 0945 Spa154   Rumpler C 7 Beine
8 22 Aug 1918 1200 Spa154   Balloon 8 E of Cauroy
9   EA  

1 Observer Brig Gaston Kissel
2 Shared with S/Lt Matrat
3 Shared with S/Lt Paul Waddington, MdL Paul Barbreau
4 Shared with S/Lt Michel Coiffard, Adj Paul Petit
5 Shared with S/Lt Michel Coiffard, Adj Paul Petit, MdL Jacques Ehrlich
6 Shared with S/Lt Michel Coiffard, MdL Jacques Ehrlich
7 Shared with S/Lt Michel Coiffard, S/Lt Paul Waddington
8 Shared with S/Lt Paul Waddington, S/Lt Theophile Condemine
 
Books
Over the Front
by Norman L. R. Franks, Frank W. Bailey / Hardcover / Grub Street the Basement (May 1992)
 
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