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Name: Jean Andre Pezon Balloon-Buster
Légion d'Honneur
Médaille Militaire
Croix de Guerre with 5 palms, 2 bronze star
Jean Pezon
Country: France
Rank: Adjudant
Service: French Air Service
Units: Spa90
Victories: 10
Born: 10 March 1898
Place of Birth: Saint-Pierre le Moutier
Died: 24 August 1980
Place of Death:
Pezon joined the army on 4 September 1915. For more than a year, he saw action with several artillery regiments in Africa before transferring to the French Air Service in 1917. He received his Pilot's Brevet on 22 May 1917, followed by more training and assignment to GDE. On 1 January 1918, he was posted to Spa90. Serving with this unit, Pezon was credited with downing 9 balloons and 1 two-seater. After the war ended, he remained with the FAS, served throughout World War II and attained the rank of Lieutenant Colonel before he retired.
Médaille Militaire
"A fearless pilot with the will to prove it to all. He has rendered valuable service for the army by carrying out 20 severe combats in a scout, at low altitude and with particularly favorable results. He reported his third victory on 2 September 1918 by downing a balloon in flames, which he followed to the ground. He has returned frequently from missions with his plane rendered unfit for further use by enemy fire. Four citations." Médaille Militaire citation, 5 October 1918
Chevalier de la Légion d'Honneur
"A very brave non-commissioned officer. A pilot of the first order who gained ten official victories and never ceased to distinguish himself in his Escadrille by his spirit of initiative and remarkable dash. On 30 March 1918, he descended to within less than 30 meters of the station at Château-Salins, to strafe a train transporting enemy troops, killing 17 and wounding 28. He returned to his airfield with a plane riddled by bullets and shrapnel, in spite of the anti-aircraft barrages. Médaille Militaire for feats of war. Six citations." Chevalier de la Légion d'Honneur citation, 22 June 1919
Date Time Unit Aircraft Opponent Location
1 17 May 1918 1800 Spa90   Balloon 1 Juville
2 25 Jun 1918 1740 Spa90   Balloon 1 Goin
3 02 Sep 1918 0930 Spa90   Balloon 2 Geline
4 03 Sep 1918 1730 Spa90   Balloon Goin
5 15 Sep 1918 1130 Spa90   Balloon Avricourt
6 16 Sep 1918 1030 Spa90   Balloon 3 Cirey
7 10 Oct 1918 1610 Spa90   Balloon 4 Geline
8 21 Oct 1918 1015 Spa90   Balloon 5 Avricourt
9 28 Oct 1918 1000 Spa90   Hannover CL 4 N of Champenoux
10 29 Oct 1918 1400 Spa90   Balloon 6 Geline

1 Shared with S/Lt Marius Ambrogi
2 Shared with S/Lt Marius Ambrogi, Adj Maurice Bizot
3 Shared with S/Lt Marius Ambrogi, Cpl Riviere
4 Shared with Adj Charles Macé
5 Shared with S/Lt Bordes, Adj Maurice Bizot
6 Shared with Adj Maurice Bizot, Cpl Alliot
Over the Front
by Norman L. R. Franks, Frank W. Bailey / Hardcover / Grub Street the Basement (May 1992)
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