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Name: Marcel Joseph Maurice Nogues Balloon-Buster
Légion d'Honneur
Médaille Militaire
Croix de Guerre, 5 or more Palms
Marcel Nogues
Country: France
Rank: Sous Lieutenant
Service: French Air Service
Units: N12; Spa57, Spa172
Victories: 13
Born: 24 January 1895
Place of Birth: Paris
Died: 05 October 1919
Place of Death:
Joining the army on 4 September 1914, Nogues served with an artillery regiment before his transfer to aviation on 24 January 1916. After obtaining a Pilot's Brevet on 20 May 1916, he received additional training before being posted to Escadrille N12 on 26 September 1916. He scored his first two victories in the spring of 1917 but was captured on 13 April 1917 when he was shot down by Albert Dossenbach of Jasta 36. He soon escaped and returned to duty but was badly wounded in action on 13 August 1917. After recovering from his wounds, he joined Escadrille Spa57 on 11 April 1918 and downed six more enemy planes and five observation balloons. Shortly before the Armistice was signed, he was reassigned to Spa172 but scored no further victories. The following year, Nogues was killed playing rugby.
Chevalier de la Légion d'Honneur
"Temporary Sous Lieutenant: pilot of exceptional strength and admirable bravery. He recently downed two enemy planes in flames, reporting therewith his 6th and 7th victories. One wound, Médaille Militaire for feats of war. Five citations." Légion d'Honneur citation
Date Time Unit Aircraft Opponent Location
1 04 Mar 1917 N12   EA 1 Autrecourt
2 12 Apr 1917 N12   EA Bois de Chavel
3 02 May 1918 Spa57   Albatros Assainvillers
4 12 May 1918 Spa57   Scout Lassigny
5 31 May 1918 Spa57   Albatros C 2 Eterpilly
6 25 Jun 1918 1110 Spa57   Scout Bois de Belleau
7 28 Jun 1918 Spa57   Two-seater 3 Bois de Pareuil
8 29 Jun 1918 Spa57   Halberstadt C S of Reims
9 04 Jul 1918 1910 Spa57   Balloon 4 Coemy
10 17 Jul 1918 Spa57   Balloon 5 N of Anthenay
11 15 Sep 1918 1850 Spa57   Balloon Bois de Buttes
12 15 Sep 1918 1855 Spa57   Balloon Craonne
13 26 Sep 1918 1645 Spa57   Balloon 6 NE of Somme-Py

1 Shared with Lt Joseph de Sevin
2 Shared with Lt Mazimann, S/Lt Jean Fraissinet
3 Shared with S/Lt Bocquantin
4 Shared with Adj Andre Petit-Delchet
5 Shared with Cpl Rotureau
6 Shared with Cpl Beaume
Over the Front
by Norman L. R. Franks, Frank W. Bailey / Hardcover / Grub Street the Basement (May 1992)
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