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Name: Gabriel Fernand Charles Guérin
Légion d'Honneur
Médaille Militaire
Croix de Guerre
Gabriel Guérin
Country: France
Rank: Sous Lieutenant
Service: French Air Service
Units: Spa15, Spa88
Victories: 23
Born: 25 July 1892
Place of Birth: Morocco
Died: 01 August 1918 Killed In Flying Accident
Place of Death: Mont l'Eveque
     
 
 
Guérin joined the army in 1913. After serving with the infantry, he transferred to the air service in 1916. Guérin was wounded in action on 11 May 1918. He was killed in a crash when his SPAD VII spun into the ground.
FAMOUS AIRMAN KILLED.
   Paris, Friday.—Lieut. Gabriel Guerin, one of the best known French "aces," with 23 German machines to his credit, has been killed in an aeroplane accident. Lieut. Guerin had been mentioned on 12 occasions and had received the Military Medal and Legion of Hounour.—Exchange
The Daily News - Saturday, August 10, 1918
 
Médaille Militaire
"Never ceases to give the highest examples of bravery, strength, sang-froid, and devotion. On 23 July 1917, he downed his fourth enemy plane. Already cited five times in orders." Médaille Militaire citation, 27 August 1917
 
Chevalier de la Légion d'Honneur
"Elite officer and incomparable pursuit pilot. Raises the morale and enthusiasm of his Escadrille by his great example, moral courage and by the prestige of his victories. On 3 February 1918 he downed his 14th and 15th enemy planes. Médaille Militaire for feats of war and nine citations." Chevalier de la Légion d'Honneur citation, 27 February 1918
 
Victories
Date Time Unit Aircraft Opponent Location
1 25 May 1917 Spa15   EA  
2 03 Jun 1917 0905 Spa15   EA NE of Nomampteuil
3 15 Jun 1917 1945 Spa15   EA N of Anizy-le-Chateau
4 23 Jul 1917 Spa15   EA E of Keyem
5 20 Aug 1917 Spa15   EA SE of Consenvoye
6 26 Aug 1917 Spa15   EA S of Bois des Caures
7 01 Nov 1917 1240 Spa15   EA SE of Chevregny
8 11 Nov 1917 1435 Spa15   Rumpler C N of Courtecon
9 02 Dec 1917 1010 Spa15   EA Vaudesson
10 22 Dec 1917 Spa15   Two-seater Louvercy
11 23 Dec 1917 Spa15   EA 1 Beine
12 01 Jan 1918 Spa15   Two-seater Somme-Py
13 03 Jan 1918 Spa15   EA Nogent l'Abbesse
14 03 Feb 1918 Spa15   EA Beine
15 03 Feb 1918 Spa15   EA 1 Nogent l'Abbesse
16 11 Mar 1918 Spa15   EA Berry-au-Bac
17 24 Mar 1918 Spa15   Balloon Foret de St. Gobain
18 30 Mar 1918 Spa15   EA 2  
19 20 Apr 1918 Spa15   Scout 3 Bourigueines
20 22 Apr 1918 Spa15   Rumpler C 4 NE of Montdidier
21 22 Apr 1918 Spa15   Two-seater Royaucourt
22 27 Apr 1918 Spa15   DFW C N of Moreuil
23 19 Jul 1918 Spa88   EA  

1 Shared with Sgt Bernard Artigau
2 Shared with S/Lt William Herisson, Adj Delareulle
3 Shared with S/Lt Cordonnier, S/Lt Bernard
4 Shared with S/Lt Cordonnier
 
Books
Over the Front
by Norman L. R. Franks, Frank W. Bailey / Hardcover / Grub Street the Basement (May 1992)
 
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