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Armand Jean Galliot Joseph de Turenne
Born 1 April 1891
Died December 1980
Place of birth Le Mans, France
Allegiance France
Service/branch Aviation
Rank Capitaine
Unit Escadrille 1, Escadrille 48
Commands held Escadrille 12
Awards Legion d'Honneur, Medaille Militaire, Croix de Guerre, British Military Cross, Belgian Croix de Guerre

Capitaine Armand Jean Galliot Joseph de Turenne was a World War I flying ace credited with 15 aerial victories.[1]

The Marquis de Turenne was a pre-war cavalryman who transferred to aviation after the war began. In June 1916, he was assigned to Escadrille 48 as a Nieuport pilot.[2] He scored his first victory on 17 November 1916; by 30 September 1917, he had half a dozen to his credit. Five of them were shared, with fellow aces Jean Matton, Gilbert de Guingand, and René Montrion.[3]

De Turenne then transferred to Escadrille 12 as its commander.[4] In his nine victories with this squadron, he continued teamwork in combat and branched out to become a balloon buster by downing two observation balloons. He not only shared victories with fellow aces Marcel Marc Dhome and Emile Regnier, but with several other pilots. An interesting sidelight on de Turenne's victory list is that he had only two solo victories, and there were no fewer than fifteen other pilots sharing one or more of the other thirteen triumphs.[5]

He died in November 1980.[6]

Honors and awards[edit | edit source]

Chevalier de la Légion d'Honneur citation, 22 July 1917

Chevalier de la Légion d'Honneur

"A very courageous pilot who gives daily the highest example of boldness and initiative. The 6th of July 1917 he downed, in the course of one flight, his third and fourth German planes, one of these in our lines. Cited in orders three times."

Sources of information[edit | edit source]

  1. http://www.theaerodrome.com/aces/france/de_turenne.php Retrieved on 27 March 2010.
  2. Nieuport Aces of World War 1. p. 52. 
  3. http://www.theaerodrome.com/aces/france/de_turenne.php Retrieved on 27 March 2010.
  4. Nieuport Aces of World War 1. p. 52. 
  5. http://www.theaerodrome.com/aces/france/de_turenne.php Retrieved on 27 March 2010.
  6. Nieuport Aces of World War 1. p. 52. 

References[edit | edit source]

Nieuport Aces of World War 1. Norman Franks. Osprey Publishing, 2000. ISBN 1-85532-961-1, ISBN 978-1-85532-961-4.

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