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Name: Eduard Martynovich Pulpe
Order of St. George, 4th Class
Médaille Militaire
Croix de Guerre with 4 Palms
Eduard Pulpe
Country: Russia
Rank: Podporuchik
Service: French Air Service
Imperial Russian Air Service
Units: MS23, N23 (FAS)
10th Fighter Detachment (IRAS)
Victories: 5
Born: 22 June 1880
Place of Birth: Riga, Latvia
Died: 02 August 1916 Died From Wounds
Place of Death: Near Rogistche
Educated as a school teacher, Pulpe moved to France in 1912. Pursuing an interest in aviation, he obtained a civilian Pilot's Brevet on 19 December 1913. At the age of 34, he enlisted in the French Air Service at the beginning of the war. Assigned to MS23 on 1 May 1915, he scored his first two victories after his Escadrille was re-equipped with the Nieuport 11. Pulpe later served with the 10th Fighter Detachment of Imperial Russian Air Service, becoming an ace on 1 July 1916. A month later, he was fatally wounded in aerial combat with Erwin Böhme.
Date Time Unit Aircraft Opponent Location
1 1915 MS23 Morane-Saulnier L EA Verdun
2 1915 MS23 Morane-Saulnier L EA Verdun
3 20 Mar 1916 N23 Nieuport EA N of Maucourt
4 31 Mar 1916 N23 Nieuport Two-seater Consenvoye
5 01 Jul 1916 10th Nieuport 11 EA Near Lutsk-Kovel
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