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Name: Roger Poupon
Chevalier de la Légion d'Honneur
Croix de Guerre with 5 Palms, 2 Gold Stars, 2 Silver Stars, 1 Bronze Star
Country: France
Rank: Capitaine
Service: French Air Service
Units: Spa37
Victories: 8
Born: 01 December 1888
Place of Birth: Clermont-Ferrand
Died: 12 September 1976
Place of Death: Monte Carlo
Poupon transferred to the French Air Service on 6 November 1916. He assumed command of N37 on 11 April 1917 and Spa37 on 18 June 1918.
Chevalier de la Légion d'Honneur
"Elite officer having served at the start of the war with the cavalry where he acted brilliantly. A remarkable escadrille commander, giving an example of rare courage and the highest spirit. Risking danger by always leading his patrols, he has created among his pilots a camaraderie in combat which assures that his escadrille patrol is a powerful offensive weapon which achieves maximum results. He recently successively downed two enemy planes, which brought to five the number of his victories. Six citations." Chevalier de la Légion d'Honneur citation, 30 July 1918
Date Time Unit Aircraft Opponent Location
1 27 Mar 1918 Spa37   Balloon 1  
2 31 Mar 1918 Spa37   EA 2  
3 28 Jun 1918 0820 Spa37   Two-seater 3 NE of Ambley
4 30 Jun 1918 1910 Spa37   Fokker 4 Chouy
5 30 Jun 1918 Spa37   Fokker 5  
6 09 Aug 1918 Spa37   EA 6 Mortemed
7 22 Aug 1918 Spa37   Two-seater 4 Soissons
8 10 Oct 1918 Spa37   EA 7  

1 Shared with Sgt Marot
2 Shared with S/Lt Barny de Romanet, MdL Coupillaud
3 Shared with Sgt Morin, Sgt Francisquet
4 Shared with S/Lt Barny de Romanet
5 Shared with Sgt Morin
6 Shared with Lt Barny de Romanet, Lt Fernand Guyou, Sgt Coupillaud
7 Shared with MdL Daniel, Sgt Lecomte
Over the Front
by Norman L. R. Franks, Frank W. Bailey / Hardcover / Grub Street the Basement (May 1992)
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