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Name: Marcel Pierre Vialet
Chevalier de la Légion d'Honneur
Médaille Militaire
Croix de Guerre avec 5 palms and 1 bronze star
Marcel Pierre Vialet
Country: France
Rank: Sous Lieutenant
Service: French Air Service
Units: C53, N67
Victories: 9
Born: 21 August 1887
Place of Birth: Lyon, France
Died: 21 September 1925
Place of Death:  
Wounded in action while serving in the cavalry, Marcel Pierre Vialet requested a transfer to aviation in 1915. Receiving a Pilot's Brevet later that year, he was posted to Escadrille C53 as a two-seater pilot. After downing one aircraft and accumulating 376 hours of flight time, he was reassigned to Escadrille N67 in June 1916. Flying single-seat fighters, Vialet scored 8 more victories by the end of the year.
Médaille Militaire
"Marechal-des-Logis of the Escadrille C53. A pilot of great value who always shows his courage, audacity and sang-froid. On 28 April 1916, returning from a reconnaissance over German lines, from close in he attacked a German plane which was seen to fall disabled. On 30 April [1916] he resolutely attacked an enemy scout in order to ward it away from an airplane he was protecting. Having had his controls cut, he succeeded after a fall of 2,000 meters to stabilize his plane and save his observer." Médaille Militaire citation, 22 May 1916
Légion d'Honneur
"Marechal-des-Logis pilot of Escadrille N67, wounded twice in the cavalry, requested a transfer to aviation where he has become a pilot of the highest order, of remarkable strength and exceptional audacity. Already has the Médaille Militaire for downing two enemy planes, under particularly difficult circumstances, in March and April 1916; on 6 August [1916] he succeeded during the course of the same flight to down two other German planes sequentially one behind our lines the other near the trenches." Légion d'Honneur citation, 29 August 1916
Date Time Unit Aircraft Opponent Location
1 28 Apr 1916 C53 Caudron Fokker E Bois de Caures
2 06 Aug 1916 0900 N67 Nieuport Aviatik Avocourt
3 06 Aug 1916 0910 N67 Nieuport Aviatik Vauquois
4 25 Sep 1916 N67 Nieuport EA Ablancourt-Briost
5 22 Oct 1916 N67 Nieuport EA Mans-en-Chaussee
6 23 Nov 1916 N67 Nieuport Two-seater Nurlu-Moislains
7 04 Dec 1916 0750 N67 Nieuport Fokker Brugny
8 18 Dec 1916 1445 N67 Nieuport Halberstadt D  
9 N67 Nieuport EA  
Over the Front
by Norman L. R. Franks, Frank W. Bailey / Hardcover / Grub Street the Basement (May 1992)
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