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Name: Henri Albert Péronneau
Chevalier de la Légion d'Honneur
Médaille Militaire
Croix de Guerre avec 8 palms and 1 etoile d'argent
Henri Péronneau
Country: France
Rank: Sous Lieutenant
Service: French Air Service
Units: N49, N65, N81, Spa81
Victories: 9
Born: 04 August 1890
Place of Birth: Aunay-sous-Auneau
Died: August 1960
Place of Death: Tunisia
While serving in the engineers in Western Morocco, Péronneau transferred to aviation in 1912. After pilot training in 1915, he was assigned to Escadrille N49 on 30 March 1916. He was reassigned to N65 on 26 May 1916 before joining Escadrille N81 on 26 December 1916. He served the remainder of the war with this unit and scored 9 victories. Péronneau remained in the military until he retired in 1954.
Médaille Militaire
"Elite pilot. Remarkable for his audacity and untiring ardor. On 12 November 1917 he reported his 3rd victory by downing an enemy reconnaissance plane behind our lines. Three citations." Médaille Militaire citation, 15 December 1917
Légion d'Honneur
"An officer of exceptional devotion and bravery, combines the professional competency of a hunter with the rare qualities of a patrol leader. He has downed nine enemy planes. Médaille Militaire for feats of war. Seven citations." Légion d'Honneur citation, 9 September 1918
Date Time Unit Aircraft Opponent Location
1 22 Sep 1917 N81   Halberstadt C 1 Argonne
2 30 Oct 1917 N81   Two-seater 1 Verdun
3 12 Nov 1917 N81   Two-seater Courouvre
4 21 Dec 1917 N81   DFW C Fort de Genicourt
5 03 Jan 1918 Spa81   EA E of St. Mihiel
6 04 Jan 1918 Spa81   EA 2 Bethincourt
7 05 Mar 1918 1040 Spa81   Two-seater 3 Nogent l'Abbesse
8 01 Jul 1918 Spa81   Two-seater 1  
9 31 Jul 1918 Spa81   Two-seater 1 Cormontreuil

1 Shared with S/Lt Pierre de Cazenove de Pradines
2 Shared with Adj Marcel Dhome
3 Shared with S/Lt Andre Herbelin
Over the Front
by Norman L. R. Franks, Frank W. Bailey / Hardcover / Grub Street the Basement (May 1992)
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