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Name: Adrien Louis Jacques Leps Balloon-Buster
Légion d'Honneur
Croix de Guerre with 9 Palms
Military Cross (MC)
Adrien Leps
Country: France
Rank: Capitaine
Service: French Air Service
Units: N67; Spa81
Victories: 12
Born: 27 September 1893
Place of Birth: Angers
Died:
Place of Death:
 
 
Leps joined the army on 9 October 1913. In 1915, he transferred to the French Air Service and served as an observer with Escadrille N67 until he was badly wounded on 9 July. Having recovered from his wounds by the summer of 1916, Leps completed flight training at Amberieu and received his Pilot's Brevet on 23 August 1916. In December, he joined Escadrille N81 (later Spa81) at the front and scored his first victory by downing a German two-seater. During 1918, Leps downed two more enemy aircraft and five balloons.
 
Chevalier de la Légion d'Honneur
"Young officer, courageous and ardent. Already wounded and cited in orders, conducted himself brilliantly on 16 March 1917, downing, during the course of the same flight, two enemy planes, one of which fell in our lines." Chevalier de la Légion d'Honneur citation, 30 March 1917
 
Victories
Date Time Unit Aircraft Opponent Location
1 16 Mar 1917 1500 N81   Two-seater Burnhaupt-la-Hetrie
2 16 Mar 1917 1455 N81   Albatros C Bernweiler-Ammerzweiler
u/c 05 May 1917   EA  
3 27 Jun 1917 N81   Scout N of Prosner
u/c 07 Jul 1917   EA  
4 20 Aug 1917 N81   Two-seater 1 Bois de Forges
5 10 Dec 1917 N81   Two-seater 2 N of Recicourt
6 06 Apr 1918 Spa81   EA  
7 15 May 1918 Spa81   Balloon 3  
8 22 May 1918 Spa81   Albatros 4 Lamotte-en-Santerre
9 23 May 1918 Spa81   Balloon 5 Villers Bretonneux
10 31 May 1918 Spa81   Balloon 5  
11 06 Jun 1918 Spa81   Balloon 6 NW of Soissons
12 15 Jun 1918 Spa81   Balloon  

1 Shared with Lt Marcel Hugues
2 Shared with Lt Marcel Hugues, Adj Andre Herbelin
3 Shared with Sgt Gabriel Guérin
4 Shared with Sgt Paul Santelli
5 Shared with MdL Pierre Cardon, Sgt Maurice Rouselle
 
Books
Over the Front
by Norman L. R. Franks, Frank W. Bailey / Hardcover / Grub Street the Basement (May 1992)
 
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