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Name: Eugene Jules Emile Camplan
Chevalier de la Légion d'Honneur
Médaille Militaire
Croix de Guerre with 7 Palms
Country: France
Rank: Sous Lieutenant
Service: French Air Service
Units: N65; Spa65
Victories: 7
Born: 10 October 1889
Place of Birth: Nimes (Gard)
Died: 18 January 1944
Place of Death:  
Wounded twice and pronounced unfit for further service in the infantry, Camplan joined the French Air Service on 28 August 1916. He scored his final victory and was wounded again during air combat with eight enemy aircraft on 1 August 1918.
Médaille Militaire
"Pursuit pilot of bravery and indescribable spirit of devotion. Constantly giving proof of the highest military qualities. He particularly distinguished himself during the course of the latest operations by strafing enemy troops at a very low altitude, by attacking balloons, several times, and making long distance solo reconnaissances under particularly perilous conditions. He recently downed his fourth enemy plane. Two wounds. Three citations." Médaille Militaire citation
Chevalier de la Légion d'Honneur
"Elite officer. Having been wounded twice in the infantry and rendered unfit for this service, he was trained as a pursuit pilot at his request, where for two years he has gained the admirations of all by his integrity, bravery and his absolute disdain of danger. He downed seven enemy planes and made numerous voluntary reconnaissances of long durations. Severely wounded while attacking eight enemy planes alone, he recovered and returned to his unit. Médaille Militaire for feats of war. Six citations." Chevalier de la Légion d'Honneur citation
Date Time Unit Aircraft Opponent Location
1 06 Jun 1917 1130 N65   EA 1 Laffaux
2 17 Jun 1917 0935 N65   EA N of Bruyeres
3 30 Sep 1917 N65   Two-seater  
4 06 May 1918 N65   Two-seater 2 Etelfay
5 15 May 1918 N65   Two-seater 3 Erchen
6 28 May 1918 0830 N65   Two-seater W of Dampleux
7 01 Aug 1918 N65   Scout  

1 Shared with Cpl Lebouscher
2 Shared with Lt Verdier-Fauvety, MdL Giovetti
3 Shared with Lt Charles Nungesser
Over the Front
by Norman L. R. Franks, Frank W. Bailey / Hardcover / Grub Street the Basement (May 1992)
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