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Name: Auguste Joseph Marie Lahoulle
Chevalier de la Légion d'Honneur
Croix de Guerre with 7 palms
Auguste Lahoulle
Country: France
Rank: Capitaine
Service: French Air Service
Units: N12, N23, N48
Spa57, Spa154
Victories: 10
Born: 19 February 1891
Place of Birth: Auray
Died: 17 April 1959
Place of Death: Rabat, Morocco
In 1910, Lahoulle enlisted for four years, attending military school at Saint Cyr. While serving with the 2eme Regiment de Dragons, he was treated for wounds received in combat on 9 August 1914, returning to his regiment in December. In April 1916, he transferred to the French Air Service, becoming an observer with N48 in May. In January 1917, he was reassigned to N23 before receiving his Pilot's Brevet in May. After additional training and transfers to two more Escadrilles, Lahoulle joined Spa57 in January 1918, scoring his first two victories in March. At the end of the month, he assumed command of Spa154 where he was credited with eight more enemy aircraft. Scoring his final victory on 15 July 1918, he was severely wounded after shooting down three observation balloons. During World War II, Lahoulle served in Africa and attained the rank of General.
#1 Erik ThomasGermany
Date Time Unit Aircraft Opponent Location
1 23 Mar 1918 Spa57   Albatros D.V 1 Coucy-le-Château
2 23 Mar 1918 Spa57   Albatros D.V 1 Coucy-le-Château
3 01 Apr 1918 Spa154   Balloon 2 Fresnoy-en-Chaussee
4 02 May 1918 Spa154   Fokker D.VII E of Montdidier
5 30 May 1918 Spa154   Fokker D.VII 2  
6 30 May 1918 Spa154   Fokker D.VII 2  
7 16 Jun 1918 Spa154   Scout 3 SW of Taissy
8 15 Jul 1918 1030 Spa154   Balloon 4 Goussancourt
9 15 Jul 1918 Spa154   Balloon 5 Goussancourt
10 15 Jul 1918 1905 Spa154   Balloon N of Goussancourt

1 Shared with Lt Jean Chaput, S/Lt Claude Haegelen
2 Shared with MdL Xavier Moissinac
3 Shared with S/Lt Henot
4 Shared with S/Lt Michet Coiffard, Adj Chevalier, Sgt Abbott
5 Shared with S/Lt Michel Coiffard, Adj Chevalier
Over the Front
by Norman L. R. Franks, Frank W. Bailey / Hardcover / Grub Street the Basement (May 1992)
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