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Name: Julien Anatole Guertiau
Chevalier de la Légion d'Honneur
Médaille Militaire
Croix de Guerre with 7 Palms and 1 Gold Star
Country: France
Rank: Lieutenant
Service: French Air Service
Units: C43, Spa97
Victories: 8
Born: 13 September 1885
Place of Birth: Meunet-Planches
Died: 26 April 1954
Place of Death:  
Guertiau joined the army in 1907. When war broke out, he was recalled to serve with 7e Regiment de Hussards before transferring to aviation on 4 November 1915. He received his Pilot's Brevet on 20 March 1916 and was assigned to Escadrille C43 on 23 June 1916. Having scored 4 victories as a two-seater pilot, he received additional training on fighters and joined Spa97 on 6 December 1917. The following year, he assumed command of this unit, scoring 4 more victories by the end of the war. In 1921, Guertiau served in Indochina.
Médaille Militaire
"Pilot with remarkable audacity, energy and sang-froid; always volunteers for perilous missions. On 25 June 1917, he had a combat with a German airplane which was attacking one of our balloons and downed it behind its lines; he returned with his airplane riddled by bullets. Already has to his credit two enemy planes downed. Cited in orders three times." Médaille Militaire citation, 14 July 1917
Chevalier de la Légion d'Honneur
"Officer pilot of great merit and admirable courage. With aviation since 4 November 1915, he has always shown the greatest energy and a disdain for danger. On 22 January 1918, he downed his 5th airplane during the course of a particularly difficult combat. Médaille Militaire for feats of war. Five citations." Chevalier de la Légion d'Honneur citation, 9 September 1918
Date Time Unit Aircraft Opponent Location
1 29 Sep 1916 C43   EA  
2 28 Apr 1917 C43   EA  
3 30 May 1917 C43   EA  
4 25 Jun 1917 C43   EA  
5 22 Jan 1918 Spa97   Balloon  
6 12 Apr 1918 Spa97   EA  
7 28 Aug 1918 Spa97   EA  
8 15 Sep 1918 Spa97   EA  
Over the Front
by Norman L. R. Franks, Frank W. Bailey / Hardcover / Grub Street the Basement (May 1992)
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