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Name: Maxime Albert Lenoir
Chevalier de la Légion d'Honneur
Médaille Militaire
Croix de Guerre with 8 palms
Maxime Lenoir
Country: France
Rank: Adjudant
Service: French Air Service
Units: C18; N23
Victories: 11
Born: 22 December 1888
Place of Birth: Charge
Killed In Action: 25 October 1916 Killed In Action
Place of Death:  
An experienced pilot when the war began, Lenoir transferred to the French Air Service at the end of 1914. On two occasions in 1916, he was wounded in action while serving as a pursuit pilot with N23. While on an artillery support mission, he was killed in action when his SPAD VII was shot down.
Médaille Militaire
Marechal-des-Logis pilot of Escadrille N23. Non-commissioned officer always demonstrating the best fighting spirit during the course of his numerous combats, more often behind enemy lines than behind our own. In all his actions he showed contempt for death. On 15 March 1916, while protecting a long distance reconnaissance and having his machine gun jam during the course of a combat, he completed his mission and managed to ward off enemy planes by a series of audacious maneuvers. He returned with his plane riddled by bullets.
Médaille Militaire citation, 15 March 1916
Chevalier de la Légion d'Honneur
Adjudant pilot of Escadrille N23. Pursuit pilot beyond compare, setting the highest example of energy and self-sacrifice. During eleven months of uninterrupted service in his Escadrille, he has had 91 successful combats, returning frequently with his plane riddled by bullets. He downed his sixth enemy plane on 4 August 1916.
Chevalier de la Légion d'Honneur citation, 9 August 1916
Date Time Unit Aircraft Opponent Location
1 05 Jun 1915 C18   Aviatik C 1 Sivry-la-Perche
2 15 Jun 1915 C18   Balloon  
3 17 Mar 1916 N23   Fokker E Dun-sur-Meuse
4 17 Jun 1916 1430 N23   LVG C Septsarges
5 22 Jun 1916 2000 N23   EA Douaumont-Etain
6 30 Jul 1916 N23   Fokker E 2 Souilly-Etain
7 04 Aug 1916 N23   EA Moranviller
8 12 Aug 1916 N23   EA 3 Guisecourt
9 14 Sep 1916 N23   EA N of Douaumont
10 22 Sep 1916 N23   EA 4 Douaumont
11 25 Sep 1916 N23   EA Fromessey

1 Shared with Lt River
2 Shared with Lt Brindejonc
3 Shared with Lt Georges Lachmann
4 Shared with Adj Jean Casale
Over the Front
by Norman L. R. Franks, Frank W. Bailey / Hardcover / Grub Street the Basement (May 1992)
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