Georges Guynemer was the second highest-scoring French fighter ace with 54 victories during World War I, and a French national hero at the time of his death.
|Born:||24 December 1894, Paris, France|
|Died:||September 11, 1917, South of Poelcappelle, Belgium (presumably)|
|Service/branch:||French Air Service|
|Years of service:||1914–1917|
|Unit:||Escadrille N.3, MS 3, Spa3|
|Awards:||Légion d’honneur, Croix de Guerre, Médaille militaire, Order of Karađorđe’s Star|
About Georges Guynemer
World War I fighter pilot who became a French national hero.
He was initially rejected for military service, but he became a military mechanic and was able to work his way up to pilot training.
He was shot down in 1917 and presumed lost. The blow of a national hero’s death was softened for French schoolchildren, who were told that Guynemer had flown so high that he could never come down again.
He was born into a wealthy French family.
Charles de Gaulle grew up hearing tales of Guynemer’s heroism.
Information related to Georges Guynemer
- French Air Force – The French Air Force is the air force of the French Armed Forces. It was formed in 1909 as the Service Aéronautique, a service arm of the French Army, then was made an independent military arm in 1934.
- Aerial disappearances of military personnel in action
- Missing in action of World War I
- Collège Stanislas de Paris alumni
- Recipients of the Order of Karađorđe’s Star
- French military personnel killed in World War I
- French aviators
- French World War I flying aces
- Aviators killed in aviation accidents or incidents
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