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Name: Antoine Laplasse Balloon-Buster
Médaille Militaire
Croix de Guerre
Country: France
Rank: Adjudant-Chef
Service: French Air Service
Units: 461CRP; Spa75
Victories: 8
Born: 16 May 1883
Place of Birth: Vernay
Killed In Action: 22 August 1918 Killed In Action
Place of Death:  
 
 
Having obtained a Civil Pilot's Brevet on 11 July 1914, Laplasse was soon transferred to the French Air Service. After serving with Escadrille 461CRP, he was reassigned to Spa75 on 20 October 1917, scoring his first victory by the end of that year. Before he was killed in action in 1918, he downed six balloons and one more enemy aircraft.
 
Médaille Militaire
"Excellent pilot full of energy and spirit, has shown real qualities of audacity and courage in the course of numerous combats, strafing the German trenches and batteries at a low altitude, and returning often with his plane riddled by bullets." Médaille Militaire citation
 
Victories
Date Time Unit Aircraft Opponent Location
1 15 Dec 1917 1125 Spa75   Two-seater St. Mard
2 13 Mar 1918 Spa75   Two-seater Septvaux
3 18 Jun 1918 Spa75   Balloon Moulin-le-Comte
4 17 Aug 1918 Spa75   Balloon 1 Blerancourt
5 17 Aug 1918 Spa75   Balloon Cuts
6 22 Aug 1918 Spa75   Balloon St. Gobain
7 22 Aug 1918 Spa75   Balloon St. Gobain
8 22 Aug 1918 Spa75   Balloon St. Gobain

1 Shared with Capt Blaindinieres
 
Books
Over the Front
by Norman L. R. Franks, Frank W. Bailey / Hardcover / Grub Street the Basement (May 1992)
 
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