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Name: Joseph Vuillemin
Chevalier de la Légion d'Honneur
Croix de Guerre with 10 Palms, 3 Silver and 2 Gold Stars
Joseph Vuillemin
Country: France
Rank: Chef d'Escadron
Service: French Air Service
Units: C11, C39
Victories: 7
Born: 14 March 1883
Place of Birth: Bordeaux (Gironde)
Died: 23 July 1963
Place of Death: Lyon
Vuillemin was Commander in Chief of the French Air Force in 1939-1940.
Chevalier de la Legion d'Honneur
"A pilot of remarkable skill. At the front since the war began, he has never ceased to gain the admiration of his comrades and his seniors by his valor, spirit and disdain for danger. He has had more than 60 aerial combats, downed three enemy planes, carried out numerous night bombardments. He has given the most brilliant service to his country during the course of recent operations. Cited five times in orders." Chevalier de la Legion d'Honneur citation, 28 October 1916
Date Time Unit Aircraft Opponent Location
1 12 Sep 1915 C11 Caudron EA 1  
2 30 Mar 1916 C11 Caudron Fokker E 2 Marcheville
3 11 May 1917 C11 Caudron EA 3  
4 23 Apr 1918 Esc12   Rumpler C 4 Montigny-Ravenel
5 07 Jul 1918 Esc12   Rumpler C.IV 5 Tahure, St. Mihiel
6 11 Jul 1918 Esc12   EA 4  
7 04 Oct 1918 Esc12   Fokker D.VII 6 Semide

1 Shared with Lt Dumas
2 Shared with Lt Moulines
3 Shared with Sgt Descamps, Lt De Lubersac
4 Shared with Lt Dagnaux
5 Shared with Lt Chalus
6 Shared with Adj Borel
Over the Front
by Norman L. R. Franks, Frank W. Bailey / Hardcover / Grub Street the Basement (May 1992)
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