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Name: François Paul Delzenne
Chevalier de la Légion d'Honneur
Médaille Militaire
Croix de Guerre with 7 Palms, 3 Stars
Country: France
Rank: Adjudant Chef
Service: French Air Service
Units: Spa88
Victories: 7
Born: 16 March 1887
Place of Birth: Coutiches (Nord)
Died: 25 April 1962
Place of Death:  
Delzenne entered the army in 1908. He served with artillery regiments until his transfer to the French Air Service on 8 December 1915. He joined Escadrille Spa88 on 13 May 1918 and scored 7 victories before the Armistice was signed. The BCIAAA states he was credited with 9 official victories.
Médaille Militaire
"Brilliant pilot, gifted with great qualities. He has never ceased to show his bravery and spirit for the four months he has been with the escadrille. He has often been hit by enemy fire while strafing enemy troops and during the course of his difficult daily combats. On 4 September 1918, he reported his fourth victory, gained by forcing an enemy scout to land in our lines. Three wounds. One citation." Médaille Militaire citation, 29 September 1918
Date Time Unit Aircraft Opponent Location
1 27 Jun 1918 Spa88   Balloon 1  
2 23 Aug 1918 1020 Spa88   Two-seater 2 N of Crouy
3 24 Aug 1918 1745 Spa88   EA 3 S of Fresnes
4 04 Sep 1918 1815 Spa88   EA 4 Juvigny
5 29 Sep 1918 1825 Spa88   EA Monthois
6 23 Oct 1918 Spa88   EA St. Georges
7 29 Oct 1918 Spa88   EA  

1 Shared with Adj J Vidal
2 Shared with S/Lt Gabriel Thomas, MdL L Barre
3 Shared with S/Lt Gabriel Thomas, Sgt L Chacornac
4 Shared with S/Lt Arthur Coadou, Adj Pinot
Over the Front
by Norman L. R. Franks, Frank W. Bailey / Hardcover / Grub Street the Basement (May 1992)
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