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Name: François Guerrier Balloon-Buster
Légion d'Honneur
Médaille Militaire
Croix de Guerre, 4 Palms, 1 Silver and 3 Bronze Stars
Country: France
Rank: Adjudant
Service: French Air Service
Units: Sop234; Spa77
Victories: 5
Born: 04 March 1896
Place of Birth: Treffieux
Died: 28 June 1969
Place of Death:
After serving in the trenches with the infantry, Guerrier transferred to the French Air Service in 1917. Serving first with Sop234, he was later trained on single-seat fighters and was reassigned to Spa77 in 1918. With this Escadrille, Guerrier downed 5 German observation balloons before the Armistice was signed.
Médaille Militaire
"Non-commissioned officer who came from the infantry where he had proved his qualities as a fighter. Transferred to aviation, he immediately became an excellent pursuit pilot, never ceasing to demonstrate his courage by example, searching out the enemy with untiring energy. A remarkable patrol leader, model of tenacity, devotion and courage. Downed several times by the enemy, his aircraft riddled by bullets, he returned to the most difficult of combats with the same spirit and morale. On 3 September 1918, he reported his 4th victory by downing a balloon in flames. Five citations." Médaille Militaire citation, 15 October 1918
Date Time Unit Aircraft Opponent Location
1 16 May 1918 Spa77   Balloon 1  
2 22 Jul 1918 Spa77   Balloon 2  
3 22 Jul 1918 Spa77   Balloon 2  
4 03 Sep 1918 Spa77   Balloon 3  
5 03 Sep 1918 Spa77   Balloon  

1 Shared with S/Lt Jean Sardier
2 Shared with S/Lt Maurice Boyau
3 Shared with MdL Thevenod, Cpl Maria, Brig Coquelin
Over the Front
by Norman L. R. Franks, Frank W. Bailey / Hardcover / Grub Street the Basement (May 1992)
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