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Auguste Baux
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Born (1892-07-09)9 July 1892
Died 17 July 1918(1918-07-17) (aged 26)
Place of birth Bourg-de-Péage, Drôme, France
Place of death Cuchery, Marne, France
Allegiance France
Service/branch French Army
Years of service 1914–1918
Rank Adjutant
Unit Escadrille 103
Awards Médaille militaire
Croix de Guerre

Adjutant Auguste Baux (9 July 1892 – 17 July 1918) was a French World War I flying ace credited with five aerial victories.[1]

Baux first served in the infantry, and on 3 October 1914 during the fighting on the Western Front was taken prisoner by the Germans. However he managed to escape and returned to the French lines.[2][3]

He later transferred to the Army's aviation service, gaining Military Pilot's Certificate No. 5484, and was then posted to Escadrille N 103 on 4 May 1917, flying Nieuports. The unit was renamed Escadrille SPA 103 in April 1917, after re-equipping with SPAD aircraft.[4]

Baux's first confirmed aerial victory came on 16 March 1918 after shooting down an Albatros D.V fighter over Witry-lès-Reims. On 22 March he and two other pilots were jointly credited with shooting down a Rumpler two-seater reconnaissance aircraft over Rilly-la-Montagne. On 22 April Baux and Sgt Gilbert Loup claimed two fighters shot down over Laval, but their claims were denied. On 2 June his victory over an enemy aircraft over Moreuil was confirmed, and he gained two more confirmed victories (though details remain obscure)[2] before his death in combat over Cuchery on 17 July 1918.[2][3]

Baux was awarded the Military Medal and the Croix de Guerre with four palms.[2][3]

ReferencesEdit

  1. "Auguste Baux". The Aerodrome. http://www.theaerodrome.com/aces/france/baux.php. Retrieved 17 January 2018. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 "Baux, Auguste" (in fr). http://cieldegloire.com/004_baux_a.php. Retrieved 17 January 2018. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 "Auguste Baux" (in fr). 16 May 2001. http://fandavion.free.fr/Auguste%20Baux.htm. Retrieved 17 January 2018. 
  4. Albin, Denis. "L'escadrille 103" (in fr). http://albindenis.free.fr/Site_escadrille/escadrille103.htm. Retrieved 17 January 2018. 

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