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Name: Omer Paul Demeuldre
Chevalier de la Légion d'Honneur
Médaille Militaire
Croix de Guerre with 7 palms and 2 etoiles
Omer Demeuldre
Country: France
Rank: Sous Lieutenant
Service: French Air Service
Units: MF63; Spa84
Victories: 13
Born: 08 March 1892
Place of Birth: Cambrai
Died: 03 May 1918 Killed In Action
Place of Death:  
Enlisting in 1912, Demeuldre was a mechanic in the French Air Service when the war began. He flew missions as a gunner/observer, shooting down his first enemy aircraft, before becoming a pilot in October 1916. He was posthumously awarded the Chevalier de la Légion d'Honneur.
Chevalier de la Légion d'Honneur
"An exceptional pursuit pilot whose high morals, initiative, and bravery excite the admiration and emulation of his comrades in combat. He has downed thirteen enemy planes, ten of them in four months. On 3 May 1918, he fell in an all out battle during an attack at close quarters with an enemy two-seater, leaving behind the highest example of gallantry and young ardor." Légion d'Honneur citation
Date Time Unit Aircraft Opponent Location
1 07 Sep 1915 MF 63  1 Albatros Bois de Forges
2 23 May 1917 MF 63  2 Scout E of Itancourt
3 30 Oct 1917 Spa84   EA Aboddage
4 15 Dec 1917 Spa84   Albatros W of Hans
5 22 Dec 1917 Spa84   DFW C St. Jean-sur-Tourbe
6 23 Dec 1917 Spa84   DFW C Hurlus
7 03 Jan 1918 Spa84   EA Foret de Brimont
8 03 Feb 1918 Spa84   EA St. Souplet
9 03 Feb 1918 Spa84   EA 3 Prunay
10 08 Mar 1918 Spa84   Rumpler C Foret de Coucy
11 16 Mar 1918 Spa84   Rumpler C NE of Anizy
12 23 Mar 1918 Spa84   EA 3  
13 14 Apr 1918 Spa84   Two-seater 4 Leplessier

1 Pilot Sgt Teulon
2 Observer Sgt Lemarc
3 Shared with Sgt Prouvost
4 Shared with Lt de Vaubicourt
Over the Front
by Norman L. R. Franks, Frank W. Bailey / Hardcover / Grub Street the Basement (May 1992)
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