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Name: Pierre Marinovitch
Légion d'Honneur
Médaille Militaire
Croix de Guerre with 10 palms
Pierre Marinovitch
Country: France
Rank: Sous Lieutenant
Service: French Air Service
Units: N38; Spa94
Victories: 21
Born: 01 August 1898
Place of Birth: Paris
Died: 02 October 1919 Killed In Flying Accident
Place of Death: Brussels, Belgium
Cemetery: Père Lachaise Cemetery, Paris, France Image
 
 
Educated in Paris and Ireland, Pierre Marinovitch enlisted in the army on 12 February 1916. He served with 27e Régiment de Dragons before he transferred to the French Air Service on 14 July 1916. He received a Pilot's Brevet on 15 November 1916. After additional training, he joined N38 on 19 March 1917 but ill health forced him into the hospital. When he recovered, he was reassigned to N94 (later Spa94) for the duration of the war. By the time the Armistice was signed, Marinovitch had achieved 21 victories and was the highest scoring ace in his Escadrille.
 
Médaille Militaire
"Accomplished pursuit pilot, volunteers for all the perilous missions, showing undeniable and admirable audacity and ardor. Has had more than thirty combats, returning often with his plane riddled by bullets and shrapnel. On 22 December 1917, he downed his third enemy plane. Two citations."
Médaille Militaire citation
 
Légion d'Honneur
"A pursuit pilot of very great courage. Gained the admiration of his Escadrille by facing his very difficult daily aerial combats with exemplary audacity and ardor. Downed his seventh enemy plane in two months, and was particularly distinguished during the course of actual operations by reporting his thirteenth victory. Médaille Militaire for feats of war. Six citations."
Legion d'Honneur citation
 
Victories
Date Time Unit Aircraft Opponent Location
1 08 Sep 1917 N94 Nieuport 24 Albatros 1 St. Hilaire-le-Petit
2 05 Dec 1917 N94 Nieuport 24 Rumpler C Baconnes
3 22 Dec 1917 N94 Nieuport 24 Rumpler C N of Pont Faverger
4 01 Jan 1918 1415 N94 Nieuport 24 Rumpler C Beine
5 19 Jan 1918 Spa94   Albatros D.V 2 Beine
6 15 May 1918 Spa94   Two-seater Esserteaux-Amiens
7 19 May 1918 1900 Spa94   Rumpler C 3 SE of Moreuil
8 31 May 1918 Spa94   Two-seater Ambleny
9 31 May 1918 Spa94   Fokker DR.I Villers-Cotterêts
10 05 Jun 1918 Spa94   Two-seater E of Faverolles
11 09 Jun 1918 1010 Spa94   Two-seater St. Paul-aux-Bois
12 01 Jul 1918 1715 Spa94   Rumpler C Monnes
13 15 Jul 1918 1020 Spa94   Rumpler C Moronvillers
14 17 Aug 1918 Spa94   Fokker D.VII Roye
15 17 Aug 1918 Spa94   Two-seater Roye
16 05 Oct 1918 1130 Spa94   Fokker D.VII E of Challeronge
17 09 Oct 1918 1530 Spa94   Rumpler C Semide
18 18 Oct 1918 1550 Spa94   Two-seater 4  
19 27 Oct 1918 1405 Spa94   Fokker D.VII Lethour
20 03 Nov 1918 Spa94   Two-seater 5 Le Chesne
21 03 Nov 1918 Spa94   Two-seater 6 Le Chesne

1 Shared with S/Lt Parizet
2 Shared with Cpl Chehore
3 Shared with S/Lt de Fleurieu
4 Shared with Adj Ondet
5 Shared with Sgt Grimouille
6 Shared with MdL Froussard
 
Books
Over the Front
by Norman L. R. Franks, Frank W. Bailey / Hardcover / Grub Street the Basement (May 1992)
SPAD XII/XIII Aces of World War 1
by Jon Guttman / Paperback / Osprey (May 2002)
 
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