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Name: Erik Thomas Balloon-Buster
Iron Cross 1st and 2nd class Erik Thomas
Country: Germany
Rank: Leutnant
Units: Jasta 9, 22
Victories: 10
Born: 10 February 1897
Place of Birth: Essen
Died: 18 November 1960
Place of Death: Münster
 
 
Of the ten victories Thomas scored in the first three months of 1918, nine of them were French balloons. While attacking another balloon on 23 March 1918, he was shot down by Auguste Lahoulle, Claude Haegelen and Jean Chaput of Spa57 and captured.
 
Victories
Date Time Unit Aircraft Opponent Location
1 03 Jan 1918 1330 Jasta 9   Balloon W of Somme-Suippe
2 12 Jan 1918 1205 Jasta 9   Balloon Hans
3 02 Feb 1918 1750 Jasta 9   Balloon Mourmelon
4 06 Mar 1918 0900 Jasta 9   Balloon Somme-Suippe
5 13 Mar 1918 Jasta 9   Balloon Ham
6 14 Mar 1918 1805 Jasta 9   Balloon Ham
7 16 Mar 1918 1210 Jasta 9   Balloon Suippe
8 16 Mar 1918 1210 Jasta 9   Balloon S of Suippe
9 21 Mar 1918 1630 Jasta 22   Balloon Guiscard
10 22 Mar 1918 1615 Jasta 22   Sopwith Jugny
 
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