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Name: Gabriel Joseph Thomas
Chevalier de la Légion d'Honneur
Croix de Guerre [France]
Country: France
Rank: Sous Lieutenant
Service: French Air Service
Units: MF98T
Victories: 7
Born: 04 January 1896
Place of Birth: Ligre (Indre et Loire)
Place of Death:  
Wounded in action on 2 September 1918.
Chevalier de la Légion d'Honneur
"Officer of the highest value, an example of courage, tenacity and modesty. Excellent patrol commander, each day leading his Escadrille pilots in combat and because of his skill as a predator and his doubtless bravery, is a marvellous influence on them. On 24 August 1918, he reported his fifth victory. On 2 September, during the course of a combat with an enemy two-seater, he was seriously wounded." Chevalier de la Légion d'Honneur citation, 24 September 1918
Date Time Unit Aircraft Opponent Location
1 12 Apr 1918 Spa88   Two-seater 1 Coullemeile
2 23 Apr 1918 Spa88   Two-seater Esclainville
3 07 Jul 1918 Spa88   Fokker DR.I Corcy
4 23 Aug 1918 Spa88   Two-seater 2 N of Crouy
5 24 Aug 1918 Spa88   EA 3 S of Fresnes
6 23 Oct 1918 Spa88   Two-seater Bois de Forges
7 28 Oct 1918 Spa88   Fokker D.VII 4  

1 Shared with MdL Quintard
2 Shared with Adj François Delzenne, MdL L Barre
3 Shared with Adj François Delzenne, Sgt L Chacornau
4 Shared with S/Lt Bernard Artigau
Over the Front
by Norman L. R. Franks, Frank W. Bailey / Hardcover / Grub Street the Basement (May 1992)
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