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Name: Jean Marie Luc Gilbert Sardier Balloon-Buster
Chevalier de la Légion d'Honneur
Médaille Militaire
Croix de Guerre with 9 palms, 1 gold star, 1 silver star
Distinguished Service Cross (DSC)
Jean Sardier Military Medal (MM)
Country: France
Rank: Lieutenant
Service: French Air Service
Units: N77; Spa77, Spa48
Victories: 15
Born: 05 May 1897
Place of Birth: Riom
Died: 07 October 1976
Place of Death: Clermont-Ferrand
 
 
This highly decorated officer joined the French army in 1914. The following year, Sardier transferred to the French Air Service and was breveted as a pilot and observer by the summer of 1916. In July 1918, he was given command of Spa48. Of his fifteen victories, five were balloons.

Died, age 79, at Clermont-Ferrand, France.
 
Victories
Date Time Unit Aircraft Opponent Location
1 07 Nov 1916 Spa77   EA 1 Vieville-en-Haye
2 03 Jun 1917 0955 Spa77   Balloon 2 Geline
3 04 Jan 1918 Spa77   EA 3 N of Arracourt
4 20 Feb 1918 Spa77   Balloon 2  
5 15 May 1918 Spa77   Albatros 4 Montdidier
6 15 May 1918 Spa77   Albatros 5 Montdidier
7 15 May 1918 Spa77   Albatros 5 Montdidier
8 16 May 1918 Spa77   Balloon 6  
9 29 May 1918 Spa77   Albatros D.V 2 Ville-en-Tardenois
10 04 Jun 1918 Spa77   Balloon 2  
11 04 Jun 1918 Spa77   Balloon 2  
12 30 Jun 1918 Spa77   Fokker D.VII 7 Chirmont-Epagny
13 12 Aug 1918 Spa77   Fokker D.VII Catigny
14 09 Oct 1918 Spa48   Two-seater 8  
15 Spa48   EA  

1 Shared with S/Lt Georgeot
2 Shared with S/Lt Maurice Boyau
3 Shared with Sgt. Laurent Ruamps
4 Shared with Lt Decoin, Sgt Gelin
5 Shared with Sgt Gelin
6 Shared with Sgt Francois Guerrier
7 Shared with S/Lt Claude Haegelen, MdL Schuster
8 Shared with MdL Denomaision, Sgt Grimoulle
 
Books
Over the Front
by Norman L. R. Franks, Frank W. Bailey / Hardcover / Grub Street the Basement (May 1992)
 
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